Monday, August 24, 2009

A Report from the Phantom Zone

I'm often reminded of artist George Vlosich's work.

You're not familiar with his work?

He's one of the most written about artists of our generation.
The You Tube video of him making his work has been viewed over 1,600,000 times.
His art work has been featured in national press reports on CNN, World News Tonight, BBC, etc.
He even got to meet President Clinton and VP Gore while they were in office.

George was also featured on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
You see, George Vlosich makes celebrity and sports drawings with an Etch-A-Sketch.
The first time I saw his work I was at a party held at a friend-of-a-friend's house when a report on his work came on. Everyone stopped in amazement to watch him make an Etch-A-Sketch drawing of a basketball player. When it was over, someone said, "Now that's real art. You know, something that takes skill and hours of labor. I know I couldn't do that because I don't have the patience."

I think I evaluate George Vlosich's work as a balanced between the questions of "how hard was it to make" versus "how much of this is just media sensation"?

Here are some other pieces for your judgment:

1. Santiago Sierra's 21 huge blocks of human feces that were shown at Lisson Gallery in 2007.

2. World's largest photo

3. CNN report on a college student who used post-it notes to make a portrait of Ray Charles

4. Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan who made sculpted the Lloyd's Building so it fits on top of a pin.

5. Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage

6. C├ęsar Saez' Banana Over Texas work.

7. Scott Wade's Dirty Car Art

8.Tim Knowles tree drawings.

9. Steven J. Backman's toothpick art.

10. and finally, George Vlosich's work.

Please feel free to post your opinion on any of these artist's works in the comment section:


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