In 1998 a group of 3rd year art students from Leeds got an £1000 grant for their degree show titled ‘Going Places’. When the critics and public turned up to the exhibition expecting works of quality (due to the financial investment) however they were greeted with a selection of snapshots taken from their recent holiday to Costa del Sol - a holiday which was funded by the grant they had received for their degree show. The exhibition created a media uproar but more importantly explored the idea that ‘everything can be art’. After the exhibition closed, it was revealed that the project was in-fact a prank: they had used blue filters to replicate the sunny weather, the souvenirs had come from a local charity shop, their tan’s from a nearby salon and the grant still in the bank. Critics were stunned and brilliantly conned. I hope they all got 1st’s.
Mark Rothko. Born: September 25, 1903
me when I see a big bug in front of me and am ready to stomp on it
Art and illusion, illusion and art
Are you really here or is it only art?
Am I really here or is it only art?
Laurie Anderson (via nyctaeus)
Piero Manzoni, ‘Solce du Monde (Base of the World)’, 1961
The “Socle du Monde” - an iron plinth installed in a park in Denmark - is upside down, holding on its bearing surface the entire world. The world itself stands on the plinth and everything - animal, vegetal or mineral - is changed into a work of art.