Quit Copying!

Adam Bock's avatar Adam Bock

This painting straddles the line between infringement and allusion, trespass and reference, plagiarism and originality. Can a painting of a painting, printed on a magazine, become a separate and original work of art by means of selection, rendering, and placement? Am I painting an original still life, a 'stunning reproduction,' or simply copying someone else's work? What role do the magazine editors and original painter play in the final piece, and as such, can I maintain ownership of all or just a portion of the completed image? The story lines are from actual magazines, carefully organized to create a conflicted conversation. They represent my own irresolute response to the questions posed above. The purpose of the painting is to encourage the viewer to determine his or her own opinions about the nature of originality in art.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Hand painted oil on panel
  • Width: 36 inch
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 48 inch