As someone looking to be a part of the art industry for a career, I feel the way in which the work is shown so to make a living is an important issue.

Raised from the lecture based on the cog theory. Where a law suit was bought against Honda based on them copying an idea… bought about the point of no one owns an idea but only the outcome of which they create. This brings this on to the Creative Commons licence nowadays where people who use this licence allow for their work to be shared for use. Allowing for an image to be part of advertising or for someone to take an image/images and make it their own so long as the original artist gets royalties and recognition from it. This though reminded me of an “artist” that I was introduced to before, known as Mr Brainwash. A guy who uses the art especially of Andy Warhol and then turns it into his own by ways such as throwing paint over the image or placing two images together as with the Marilyn Monroe and Marily Manson (Marilyn Monroe, being a common theme that he has changed into many) otherwise the image of The Beetles with Neckerchief’s round their necks.


This as a response mainly resembled the idea of lazy business to those who I watched it with and I recall one person being annoyed based on the grounds of this guy was making money from someone else’s work and passing it off as his own through minor adjustment. Although this is not always the case and Warhol is more famously known. The point is does that then make it easier for others for chancers to then become known create a career through pieces that others have created and where does that leave the artist as such. As in this case Warhol had an idea for an image, Mr Brainwash thought of collaging or painting o top of the image. They both got final outcomes, the difference was the idea but would Mr Brainwash’s idea really be classed as his own or a way of taking advantage of established artists. This also led me onto the news articles I had seen where chains of stores such as Mark’s and Spencer had used designs either from their own choice or due to suppliers which had taken the work of an artist without their permission. This had led to a court case also but was regular happening as I recall one of a girl printing friends images on to clothing pieces for a college final only to years later find her identical design with hers and her friends images on t-shirts in large branded companies shops also. This makes me question what is the difference between the two as Mr Brainwash has become known from people’s work such as Warhol because you can see that it a famous Warhol piece while these people are fighting for their design that they make because they are being used without their permission or acknowledgement.

Is this something we have to worry about as up and coming artists that while we learn and strive to make a living out of artistic ability, someone is looking to steal the work as such so to make a quick buck or to pass off as their own and how much is copied, influenced etc. and how much is an original idea?


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