Saturday February 4, 2006

Illegal Art

Illegal Art

Illegal Art opened yesterday at the Art and Culture Center (disclaimer: I work at the Center). I’ve been looking forward to this exhibition since I first heard it was coming over a year ago, and it didn’t disapoint. A lot of the best pieces are videos, but here are a few pieces from the show; above, Heidi Cody, American Alphabet, and Ray Beldner’s “O” sculpture (made of sewn dollar bills), a take-off on the sculpture that Robert Indiana makes lots of money licensing.

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Wally Wood’s Disneyland Memorial Orgy from 1967.

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Diana Thorneycroft’s imaculate graphite drawing of sinister Mickey Mouse and Pooh dolls.

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More Mickey, this time as a possibly functional gas mask by Bill Barminski.

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Yikes! Batman and Robin, the The Ambiguously Gay Duo. (By the way, I photographed all these in the gallery, hence the weird reflections and less-then-perfect quality).

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  1. Mikey    Sat Feb 4, 03:08 PM #  

    I have that poster of the Disneyland Orgy someplace. A friend gave it to me to try to sell on ebay but couldnt find out much about it. Its a wild piece to look at and see all the different scenes.

  2. Neil    Sat Feb 4, 05:02 PM #  

    Making fun of Mickey Mouse? You’re going to hell.

  3. mas grand    Tue Feb 7, 12:59 AM #  

    guess what. robert indiana doesn’t own the rights to his logo. And has never made any money on licensing. if you knew anything at all about art, you would know that. carry on amateur.

  4. alesh    Tue Feb 7, 05:19 AM #  

    I think what you mean to say is that there are unauthorized reproductions out there. But Indiana certainly does make plenty of money off “LOVE.” What’s more, he sounds pretty bitter about not having ironclad copyright:

    Artist Robert Indiana managed to create one of the most popular images of all time . . . But until recently, it was one of the most ripped off images of all time. “Unfortunately, due to my ignorance of copyright things,” says Indiana, “most people know about ‘Love,’ and don’t even know that Robert Indiana did ‘Love.’”