BY PAULA SALAZAR
After an unceremonious hiatus, Art Off the Wall is back and ready to take you along to all the crazy cool corners of the art world that I can find. Sometimes it will be a bit of an art history lesson, sometimes it will be something mind-blowing that’s happening in the art world right now. Without further ado, this week I bring you the supremely awesome Remake project from Jeff of the blog booooooom. The premise is simple: recreate a famous work of art and photograph it. No paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages– just photos. What ensued was a shockingly beautiful reinterpretation of art that we all thought we knew. The reinterpretations are just different enough to get us to look at the work on a more human level, rather than on the sometimes incomprehensibly philosophical plane on which visual art often resides. I love that these are real people recreating and reinterpreting their favorite works of art; they aren’t necessarily art student or art historians, curators or gallery owners– they’re just people who think art is cool and want to create a small space for themselves within it. At its core, I think that’s what the Art Review is about too. We want everyone to think about art in the context of their everyday life and mold it to their own liking so that it becomes real and meaningful. So, in that vein, my commentary on the project will end here and I’ll just provide the pictures for you to admire and ponder. If you’re interested in seeing more than my few choice examples (or in seeing these bigger), go here. Sound off in the comments, let us know if you love this or hate it (and why!), and whether you think the editors should do their own remake (if so, of what??).
Paula Salazar (’13, History / minor in Art History) is the editor of the Visual Arts section of the Stanford Arts Review and thinks museums are the next best thing after pomegranates.