Phil Thompson’s Copyrights Project

Source image for a work by Phil Thompson

Just read an interesting piece on the intersection of art, appropriation, copyright, digital images, museums, and made-to-order paintings: Google’s Copyright Policy Spawns Mega-Meta Art From China (Wired, 3 June 2013)

[Phil Thompson’s] project Copyrights is his exploration of Google’s grand, utopian exercise in bringing culture to the masses. For it, Thompson makes screen grabs of the blurred images [from the Google Art Project] in his browser window, sends them to the Dafen Oil Painting Village in China (a company that makes acrylic paintings of absolutely anything to order) and then exhibits those works in a gallery.

I hope that Phil Thompson does not follow the lead of similar artists like Andy Warhol (actually his estate) and become a copyright hawk.