January 20, 2005
McCurry Wuz Here
I saw this image in Chiang Mai's night bazaar hanging as a street artist's sample work. He'd only colored the eyes a subtle green. It still works. I met a Thai woman who said that all the street artists draw her. SHe asked me, "what does this picture mean?" I simply laughed and answered with my first impression, "I don't know, maybe...nothing."
I wonder sometimes what makes an image great and at what point does simply being familiar with a work of art make it more appealing. Does celebrity apply to art? I think at times it does and that is a tad troubling.
It can be argued that celebrity saps resources from innovation and originality. It commodifies what had been genuine expression or talent and ultimately traps both celebrity and audience in a banal, time wasting hole. But that's a whole other discussion.
Posted at 9:07 PM