Collage, pastiche, imitation. The age-old debate of originality brought to life. We see it everywhere; we hear it everywhere. Is a remix a form of collage? If so, a collage is a form of remix. Taking something established and most likely appreciated, then turning on its head in order to gain the same, or perhaps an entirely different appreciation.
The Saatchi seems to condone it in their recent ‘Selfie Saatchi’ competition, with some people recreating the works of old masters, but adding their faces into the works. Of course, a twist of irony is always added to these recreations, be it an obvious nose ring, or some dark routes bursting through peroxide hair.
But no one parody’s the preciousness of art so much as Jim Kempner, where he places himself within art, and more often than not manages to undermine the artist through a funny expression or an odd stance. Jim Kempner really does capture ‘The Madness of Art’.
So with Kempner’s impeccably placed irony in mind, this is the start of Helicon’s own collages, where we will be sat amongst our most favoured, fascinating and freaky artists.
And who other than the birthday girl Molly to get the ball rolling.
Tacky or genius?
My own work is self-labelled as documentary photography, out of a lack of a better title. By carrying a camera daily, I aim to embody the spirit of the Brownie in making the means to photography ready to me at every moment, without obstruction – by doing so, I can take a photograph of anything that captures my eye and interests me enough to preserve. Any of us can do this these days, with a camera readily available in our pockets around the clock – and many of us do so without even thinking about it. Next time you take your phone out to take a photograph, whether it is of your friends or of something that caught your eye, think about how you are participating in the act of documenting your life through photography. Make prints of your favourites, display them on your walls, share them with your friends and family. Follow the tradition of those who came before you and took their own snapshots documenting their lives. Everyone is a documentary photographer today, and this is a good thing.