a tale of a few cities

Baldessari Your Life

Posted in Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, Gif, I appropriate, Peter Combe Art by petercombe on December 17, 2010

Peter Combe, London Calling John Baldessari, 2010

John Baldessari is perhaps best known for his artworks of appropriated photographic imagery that incorporated juxtaposed colorful dots. The dots served two functions in Baldessari’s work; they allowed him to “obliterate” the identifies of people in his found images and also to render them anonymous so they could be seen more as generic types (such as an art curator or an art hustler) rather than specific individuals. But the dots also represented Baldessari’s overall strategy aimed at deflecting the viewer’s gaze from the habitual way of seeing – prompting viewers to look

A new site on tumblr allows you to Baldessari Your Life. Above is my submission (in gif form), borrowing the original gif (sans blue dot) from Mark Portillo. If you want to Baldessari your life, submit here or email your submission here.

Original gif image here: Mark Portillo

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Peter Combe, Untitled

Posted in Art, Collage, digital Collage, I appropriate, Peter Combe Art, Photography by petercombe on December 6, 2010

Peter CombeUntitled, 2010

My Shared Exhibit

l. Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1967, Screenprint, Silver-coated paper, 22×21″, r. Peter Combe, 09h16473 Head, 2009, Mixed media, 11×16″
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Peter Combe, Pink Interference, 32″ x 39″, mixed media, 2009

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December 4 – January 31, 2011

Reception: Saturday, December 4, 6-9pm

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SMITH ANDERSEN NORTH

20 Greenfield Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 USA

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Peter Combe, La chaussure par Lanvin

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, digital Collage, I appropriate, Photography by petercombe on November 19, 2010

Peter Combe, La chaussure par Lanvin, 2010 (édition)

Museum as Hub: The Bidoun Library Project

All is not as it seems.

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International Mail Art Submission

My finished mail art submission (pseudo-lobby card, a tongue & cheek promotion of http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d), includes a custom USPS stamp.

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg

Armory Center for the Arts
Caldwell Gallery
Pasadena, CA
June 27– August 22, 2010

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You’ve got to leaf through it…

Posted in appropriation, Art, Collage, cut & paste, digital Collage, humour, I appropriate, Media, Photomontage by petercombe on June 11, 2010

… my Ahmadinejad artwork is featured in this month’s Adbusters magazine.

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(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

International Mail Art Show; Pasadena, CA

My submission above, a pseudo-film promo, pre-postage and address label. http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg
June 27 – August 22
Submissions Due: June 4th
Opening: June 26, 7-9 PM
In The Caldwell Gallery

Judith A. Hoffberg (1934-2009) was an avid and active promoter of mail art and artists’ books. All work received by the June 4th deadline via snail mail or e-mail will be included in the exhibition. Click the link below for rules and submission guidelines: • Learn More

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