Hero? Down to Zero

31 Oct

This is how certain pieces of information can lead to a 180degree-repulsion. Sad, but then again it’s better to know sooner than hold him in high-regard for a huge part of my life and later realize how foolish I had been. 

Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

From formaldehyde-immersed sharks to diamond-encrusted skulls, Damien Hirst as become used to taking flak from traditionalists.

Less than welcome have been the accusations of plagiarism, the latest of which were detailed today with claims that no fewer than 15 works produced over the years by the self-styled enfant terrible have been allegedly “inspired” by others.

While Hirst has previously faced accusations that works including his diamond skull came from the imagination of other artists, the new allegations include his “crucified sheep”, medicine cabinets, spin paintings, spot paintings, installation of a ball on an air-jet, his anatomical figure and cancer cell images.

Charles Thomson, the artist and co-founder of the Stuckists, a group campaigning for traditional artistry, collated the number of plagiarism claims relating to Hirst’s work for the latest issue of the Jackdaw art magazine.

He came up with 15 examples, with eight said to be new instances of plagiarism. The tally includes the medicine cabinets that Hirst first displayed in 1989, and its development in 1992 – a room-size installation called Pharmacy.

“Joseph Cornell displayed a cabinet with bottles on shelves called Pharmacy in 1943,” said Thomson. Nor were Hirst’s spin paintings or his installation of a ball on a jet of air original, he said, noting that both were done in the 1960s.

“Hirst puts himself forward as a great artist, but a lot of his work exists only because other artists have come up with original ideas which he has stolen,” said Thomson. “Hirst is a plagiarist in a way that would be totally unacceptable in science or literature.”

Aggrieved artists include John LeKay, a Briton who says he first thought of nailing a lamb’s carcass to wood like a cross in 1987, only to see it reproduced by Hirst. Lekay previously claimed in 2007 that he had been producing jewel-encrusted skulls since 1993, before Hirst did so. Lori Precious, an American, says she first arranged butterfly wings into patterns to suggest stained-glass windows in 1994, years before Hirst.

Imitation may be flattery, but not when Hirst is taking both the financial and artistic credit for their ideas, say Lekay and Precious. LeKay has never sold anything above £3,500, while Hirst’s set of three crucified sheep was a reported £5.7m. Precious’s butterflies sold for £6,000 against Hirst’s version for £4.7m.

While Hirst is one of Britain’s richest men, LeKay cannot live off his art. Accusing Hirst of being dishonest about where he gets his ideas, he said: “He should just tell the truth.”

Although LeKay recognises that artists have always found inspiration in each other, he says the great ones adapt ideas to create works with their own individual and original stamp.

He said: “Damien sees an idea, tweaks it a little bit, tries to make it more commercial. He’s not like an artist inspired by looking inwards. He looks for ideas from other people. It’s superficial. Put both [crucified sheep] together and … it’s the same thing.”

In the 1990s, they were friends and shared exhibitions, which is when Hirst may have seen his sheep. Since then, LeKay has become more interested in Buddhism than material wealth, so he does not plan to seek compensation.

Precious recalled her pain at seeing Hirst’s butterflies in a newspaper: “My artist friends and collectors called to tell me they couldn’t believe the similarities between Hirst’s work and mine, and … at first I too thought it was my work.”

Although the patterns are not identical, she said: “It’s the same material (butterfly wings) and the same idea (recreations of stained-glass windows).”

Without the funds to pursue legal action, she no longer produces butterfly works.

It emerged in 2000 that Hirst agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to head off legal action for breach of copyright by the designer and makers of a £14.99 toy which bore a resemblance to his celebrated 20ft bronze sculpture, Hymn.

David Lee, the editor of the Jackdaw, says Hirst’s compensation was an admission of guilt. “The fact he was willing to fork out the money is an indication that he knew he was plagiarising the guy’s work.”

Hirst declined to comment.

(via Guardian)



30 Oct

My Recurrent Dream

20 Oct

(via Luke Pearson)

Nobody notices anyway

19 Oct

The Picture of Dorian Gray

13 Oct

“For there would be a real pleasure in watching it. He would be able to follow his mind into its secret places. This portrait would be to him the most magical of mirrors. As it had revealed to him his own body, so it would reveal to him his own soul.”

(via Oscar Wilde)

Youth is wasted on the Young

12 Oct

Find your balance

11 Oct

(via Alain de Botton)

There are 2 kinds of people in this world

9 Oct

Those who leave without saying Goodbye

.. And those who say Goodbye without leaving

(Cairo, May 2010)

There’s no point taking one step forward if you take two steps back

8 Oct

A smile goes a long way

Also, it confuses people

(Hanoi, December 2009)

Enter the void

7 Oct

do u believe in alternate realities
they say there is an alternate reality for every permutation of choice available to you in any given scenario”

the grey area is fucked up la
no one can stay in it for long”

me: today. gragksgjsla 
“ok u just created a new word didn’t u”

go home also do nothing – stare at the wall and feel sad
don’t worry abt it
neverland is good
maybe u can show me around one of these days”

my mind tells me i have to be free 
in order to build my empire
no one builds an empire being distracted like this”

what’s there to think about
everything is nothing under buddhist teachings”

Every artist was first an amateur

4 Oct

“…And i’ve to wait half an hour,  I do a sketch.
I’m never bored
You can always do something
You can always find some downtime and work”

You can observe a lot just by watching

1 Oct

“Don’t worry. Even if your rent is due, it won’t happen all at once.”

28 Sep

“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

Talking to a glass wall, you hope for a reflection
A person agape
Hitting the ground, all it can do is swim
Except it asphyxiates
Doesn’t make sense? Life doesn’t make sense

How to be a First-rate Failure

24 Sep

“Only those who are able to fail are really alive.”

(via Opera Aperta – Dutch PavilionVenice Biennale 2011)



Protege moi

23 Sep

The Black Hole

22 Sep

Coincidentally, on a semi-related note:

(via Venice Biennale 2011)


21 Sep

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here.

Claim your humanity

20 Sep

“You wake up at Seatac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”

Reality TV

18 Sep

Woman seeks a divorce husband because he’s too nice.

And made her gain weight because he can cook.

“It just don’t make sense”

(via Divorce Court)

I want to be here

16 Sep

Art class

15 Sep

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.” – Andrew Wyeth

“Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul?” – Richard Corliss

“Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Parallel World(s)

13 Sep

People fill the floor of their homes with furniture and walls with paintings and pictures. So why are the ceilings left empty? Decorating ceilings was a celebrated art form in the past centuries that somehow got lost through the reductionism of modernism. People don’t look at the ceiling anymore. It’s a dead space. So I wanted to bring a small wink to this space. I also liked the idea that somehow there’s a parallel world which coexists with ours.” – Ji Lee

(via Ji Lee)

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