This Month – Do We Own Our Art?
Every time I put a new piece of art online I ask myself , “Will be okay?”, “Will it be stolen or copied?”.
The answer … ‘of course it will’ … but does it really matter?
I only upload small versions which can be copied, stored or even printed, but if someone wants a good print they’ll still need to buy it.
Art is not much use if no one sees it, and if artists want to make a living, they need their art to be seen.
The only way to advertise it is to show it off, and that makes it available for free, a bit of a ‘catch 22’ for artists everywhere.
But can we really own our art, and should we even want to?
Art can be a spontaneous, one-off, living experience. Pavement and graffiti artists understand art in this way, as do some musicians who insist on only spontaneous performances with audience participation.
Letting go of our art can be very hard, but really once a work is finished and published it really belongs to mankind and there’s very little we can do about it other than hope that if someone makes some cash from it maybe they’ll do the right thing and send some our way, or at least give us a mention in the credits.
I was reading an article in National Geographic, Thomas Dworzak: Mining for Memes on Instagram, about a photographer who unashamedly uses other people’s work to create books which he displays at exhibitions. He scours the internet for interesting images using hashtags and has even produced a book of images that he ‘found’ in a studio in Afghanistan of Taliban portraits. Presumably without the permission of the subjects.
When a graffiti artist leaves their work on a wall they create a rather interesting problem, especially if they happen to become somewhat famous. There was an article on the BBC website recently that related to just this question. Banksy has say over disputed Mobile Lovers artwork. It seems the artist might have some rights after all.
If you like graffiti art here’s a beauties for you to look at, 20 Of The Best Cities To See Street Art. Amazing work and all just left on the streets, a true gift to mankind.
Collage artists are notorious for recycling the work of others. They get around the copyright laws by using classics, vintage publications and works from the public domain. I get around them by only using my own images, but it can be a little restrictive at times. Take a look at one of my favourite collage artists to get an idea of how he recycles whats out there, The collages of David Delruelle – The re: art
That’s all I’ve got time for this month as I’m travelling between homes, but please let me know your thoughts and feelings and I’ll respond as soon as I’m back.
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For this month’s contributor’s …
How do you feel about copyrighting?
How do you feel about pirating?
Should ownership be sacred or does art belong to everyone?
Do you have something to share this month?
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to a full scale essay of your opinions. The choice is yours.
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And remember it’s all for fun, you don’t need to be an artist or an expert, you just need to turn up to take part.
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