SOME NOTES FROM CASE:
A major step forward in this art project. I am thinking of buying IKEA replicas of popular classical paintings (118×78 cm). Putting these in a square of 196×196 cm. And filling the hole in the middel with a HEMA printed 40×40 cm photo on canvas of another masterpiece.
Something like this, as a tribute to the old masters like Davinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer:
Study for On the shoulders of the old masters
And something like this, as a tribute to the impressionists like Van Gogh or Monet:
Study for On the shoulders of the impressionists
And here’s another one. A study for On the shoulders of cavemen (multiple, now). This one is purely on HEMA photo prints, each 75×75 cm, so 150×150 cm in total. Or I could make one of nine parts: 225×225 cm.
Study for On the shoulders of cavemen
And more to come, eg. one for the expressionists. But I’m not sure IKEA have those in their collection.
So, what will this art project look like?
I am now thinking of a number of bigger paintings, something like 200×200 cm. Maybe, a short series of smaller copies, but hand painted and signed, of course. And a number of prints of the original paintings on a decent size, eg. 60×60 cm, or maybe slightly larger, eg. 80×80 cm.
So, the entire “Blank Slate” project the will then probably exist of:
- About five or six original large paintings, probably between 200×200 and 250×250 cm
- Some ten smaller ‘original copies’ of each of those, ie. 50 to 60 pieces in total of eg. 75×75 cm
- And prints of the original paintings, on demand.
But that is only half the project. The next phase, then, will be ‘blank sculptures’. I have only just begun thinking about those. Maybe, Le Penseur, David, Pieta, The Great Sphinx or a Pyramid, maybe a Giacometti, Moore or LeWitt, or a Balloon Dog.
By the way, you may wonder why IKEA and HEMA? Well, I’ll be very honest here; partly, out of practical reasons: it is simply easy to order and use these pre-made prints on canvas. But moreover, to stress the fact that anybody could have made these artworks. And anybody can, of course. I may think (live in the illusion, have created my own mind model), that I am unique and original in this. Well, the idea maybe, although that’s not sure either–there likely has been an artist out there who had the same idea before me–I have not done an investigation, because it doesn’t matter; the message is the same, or even stronger then. But maybe more important, especially, even actually creating these artworks is far from unique or creative. A bit of a recursive joke: showing that pure ‘blank slate’ originality and creativity in art do not exist, by making a number of very far-from-original artworks in a pretty uncreative way. That’s why.
There is no blank slate, either blank canvas or blank sculpture, in art!
That is the whole point. QED
And, maybe most important: it doesn’t matter. It still gives me joy to be engaged in creating these artworks, anyway.