Archive for April 2010

Five Famous Paintings Recreated in Cool Ways

April 2, 2010

Recently we made a post about Lara Volkonskaya, a silk painter who recreates famous paintings as homage. Today we’re interested in recreations of a different sort, homages that are a little more unconventional, but notable for their creativity and execution. Since yesterday we joked about the Mona Lisa, today we’ll start with some interesting remake of that work of art.

Davinci’s Mona Lisa recreated with Cups of Coffee

In August of 2009, the Mona Lisa was recreated with 3,604 cups of coffee, as well as 564 pints of milk at the Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney Australia. The image was created by adding different amounts of milk to cups of black coffee with the effect of creating the different sepia shades that make up the composition. It was seen by 130,000 visitors to the one day coffee event.

The Mona Lisa is probably the most common painting to be recreated, and has been documented to have been remade with train tickets, legos, and burger grease, just to name a few.

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait recreated with Leeks

This is part of a collection of famous portraits that were recreated with vegetables. Some of them are absolutely stunning. And edible!

Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks recreated in 3D

This Youtube user rebuilt Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks using Simple Life. There are so many recreations of the painting, including one by Gottfried Helnwein with Elvis, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean, but this recreation is extraordinary in that it It’s pretty extraordinary in that it digs through the mystery of the original, and tries to gain a new perspective into this world by giving the characters motion and life.

Munch’s The Scream recreated with Cardboard Boxes

Mark Langan, a native Ohioan, made this recreation of Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, entirely out of cardboard boxes. What is unique about this recreation is how the different textures of the boxes give the piece a very 3d quality. The corrugation on the bridge gives direction and mimics the wood boards that make up the bridge in the original. The different kinds of cardboard were taken from five different boxes. Because of how the cardboard is layered, the piece measure 2.25 inches in depth at its thickest point.

Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring recreated in a Hollywood poster

This is a poster of a picture of a woman who plays the part in a film that recreates the story of a painting for which a different woman once posed. When one considers the circuitous way that this image was produced, it seems a little unconventional.

Most famous paintings that have become icons have been recreated in some form or another because they inspired artists, who wanted to express their inspiration in their own unique way. New recreations arise all the time as ideas are recycled, revived, and changed in ways that become works of art in their own right.

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Top Ten Worst Art Pieces Ever, Starting With the Mona Lisa

April 1, 2010

Today at JackGallery, we’ve decided to make an important post about some of the worst art ever made. Who makes it? How do you recognize it? What can YOU do to prevent it? We’ve done some research on what some of the worst pieces of art are, and are sharing with readers so that they can become art aficionados.

10. The Mona Lisa

This is a pretty obvious choice to make the list, but it’s not the worst of the batch, so it starts us off at number ten. Clearly, this Da Vinci guy must have been some sort of hobbyist who didn’t really know how to catch the finer subtleties of the human face. It’s understandable, from what I’ve read, Da Vinci was more of an engineer — you know, helicopters and the like — and art was just something he did on the side. Well, stick to your day job, pal. I think as an April Fool’s Joke, Wikipedia falsely states that this painting is hanging in the renowned Louvre museum in Paris, France. Well, I’ve seen that movie with Tom Hanks, and let me tell you, there’s no way this guy Da Vinci would ever get one of his works in the Louvre.

9. The Thinker by Rodin

Why is this sculpture on the list, you ask? The proportions are splendid, the execution is magnificent, the expression is indeed thoughtful, but I think what we have to consider is whether the sculpture is really thinking. I mean, how gullible do you think we are, Rodin? I’m sorry, but I don’t think that brains can be made out of bronze, and it is pretty deceitful to imply otherwise. Seriously.

8. Boy with Pipe by Pablo Picasso

Listen, smoking is bad for you, and no one this young should be smoking a pipe. This painting is number eight as a matter of principle. Just a little PSA from us to you.

7. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but this is not a painting. I know that it looks like one, but it’s complete and utter trickery, a hoax like the Abominable Snowman or Global Warming. It’s just DOTS. So don’t be fooled into thinking that these dots masquerading as art are really art. They are like the gum drops you might buy when going to see a movie: completely artificially flavored.

6. The Treachery of Images by René Magritte

Yes. It. Is.

5. Nude Descending a Staircase, No 2 by Marcel Duchamp

Not to be crude, but I think that the painter, Marcel Duchamp, may have never seen a naked body and was just making it up as he went along. It’s like the model is made out of Cubes from the Future or something.


4. Figure 4 by Jasper Johns

I think my decision to rank this number four is fairly self-explanatory.

3. Bieres de la Meuse by Alphonse Mucha

At first I really liked this image. It’s full of rich color and nice lines. The girl is very well rendered and the composition as a whole is incredibly well-made. And then I realized it was trying to sell me beer! Then I just started to think about beer and how I didn’t want to be at work anymore, but wanted to hang out at a bar full of flowers with a pretty girl like the girl in the picture, and… and it’s just not fair. Art shouldn’t make me think about how hard my life is. So whatever, no beer for me, and this painting is at number three. Sigh.

2, Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

At number two, we have Girl With a Pearl Earring. Why did I pick this to be the second worst painting of all time? Well, it’s not that bad, okay, but I think my major pet peeve is that it just wasn’t as good as the original movie in 2003 with Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. I can’t stand it when some bigshot artist takes it into their head that they should adapt a masterpiece into some shadow of its former self. Why would anyone ever want to make a painting based on a movie is beyond me.

2. No. 5. 1948 by Jackson Pollock

Finally at number one, we have No. 5. 1948 by Jackson Pollock. Why is this number one? Well, my major argument is that it is so easily reproducible When I first saw this painting, which is rumored to have sold for $140 million in 2006, I decided that I bet it wouldn’t be that hard to remake. I went out and bought 12 gallons of paint of totally different colors and a 96″x48″ canvas. Then I got some puppies. Like, 20 puppies, maybe give or take. Really cute ones — it’s important that they were cute. I put the canvas on the floor surrounded by all the gallons of paint of my living room, and I put my cat, covered in bacon, in the center of the canvas. I then let loose all 20 puppies and closed the door to the room for about an hour. Not only did I get a perfect recreation of this famous painting by Jackson Pollock, but all of my pets got some great and much needed exercise! My living room is also redecorated as a result to look like an abstract expressionist wonderland. If you ever want to check it out, maybe we can hang out? No pressure.

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