a tale of a few cities

Ai Weiwei and the Five Finger Discount

Posted in appropriation, Art, auction, China, Conceptual Art, illustration, London, Painting, Sculpture by petercombe on July 19, 2011

Detail of Ai Wei Wei sunflower seeds from the Tate Modern in London

For the eleventh commission in the Tate Modern‘s Unilever Series, Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei had filled the museum’s Turbine Hall with millions of life-sized sunflower seed husks made out of porcelain. The collective effort of a number of specialists from Jingdezhen, China, the hand-crafted seeds were individually formed and painted. Before the museum was alerted to the installation’s dangers of lead paint and silica dust, visitors were encouraged to touch and walk on the carpet of tiny replicates. Before a barrier was erected around the perimeter of the installation, I wondered how many visitors were tempted to pilfer samples of the tiny seeds (see photo above). In February of this year Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening sale in London surpassed the $192,000 estimate, netting $559,394 for a 100-kilogram pile of Weiwei’s seeds. That puts worth of the stolen seeds pictured above at about $33.60.

SociallyInept(dot)com

Posted in advertising, appropriation, Collage, Photography by petercombe on June 22, 2011

Don’t you tire of those Sponsored ads seen to the right of your Facebook profile page? Those intriguing thumbnail images that pique one’s interest – then once clicked, are nowhere to be found? 

Today I saw the recurring East Bay Bucket List Facebook Sponsord ad (below right) and immediately recognized one of Swiss artist Beni Bischof‘s artworks (below left), “HANDICAPED CAR” (verschiedene Formate, 2008/09). What on earth does that image have to do with with the East Bay Bucket List and 365 things to do in the East Bay right now? The cheesy site (Livingsocial[ly].com) misleads by scouring my photos and photos of my friends on Facebook to sell their product which in turn have nothing to do with the product being sold.

Update: ArtFagCity picked this up today –  Massive Links! Matthew Collins’ Fuck-You Art Writers | Jerry Saltz Tweet Watch | Peter Combe fingers East Bay Bucket List

Guerillagrams

Peter Combe, MUGLER: UGLIER, 2011


Guerillagrams

Peter Combe, (se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2011

Peter Combe, (slander |ˈslandər|), 2011

Peter Combe, Dancing Lady Gif (Digital Monitor)

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, digital Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif by petercombe on November 30, 2010

Peter Combe, Gypsy Gif (on Sony Monitor)

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, digital Collage, Gif, Peter Combe Art, Peter Combe Gif by petercombe on November 17, 2010

Peter Combe, Gypsy Gif (on Sony Monitor), found gif and monitor still, 2010

Mario Zoots

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, Photography, Photomontage by petercombe on September 1, 2010

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Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)

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In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.

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Sunday Snatch

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, cut & paste, Photography by petercombe on February 21, 2010


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top, Maurizio Cattelan (for W Magazine)LINK
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Bottom, Artist Unknown Matthieu Lavanchy (from Epic Kludge) LINK

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UPDATE: Bottom Photograph (detail) by Swiss artist Matthieu Lavanchy – Update Here >


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