(Pic) Look, Enjoy, Think, Like, Don’t Like, Form An Opinion
Ariel Hudes shares his thoughts on why illegal public art is OK.
Hudes shares his thoughts on why this kind of public art is OK:
Why is it ok to take down someone else’s work (/advertisement) and put my work up instead:
The message of this work is not “buy! buy! buy!” it is “look, enjoy, think, like, don’t like, form an opinion.” It engages viewers in a dialogue which advertisements do not. Each piece of art put in a public space, in place of an ad, is an opportunity for viewers to reconnect with the space they inhabit.
I didn’t sign this work:
If this poster were an advertisement for me-as an artist-it would be just as problematic as a conventional, legally paid for ad. Jordan Seiler uses this quote from Lewis Hyde’s The Gift to describe his work: “unlike economic exchange, a gift has no expectation of return.” As a gift to the city, I have no expectation that this work will garner recognition or accolades. It was a very small way to change a very large cityscape. It was perhaps a utopian gesture which has the potential to lead to more concretely efficacious ones.
[via Wooster Collective]