One day in early January 2010, whilst on his lunch break, a guy was having an argument with a friend about modern art. His friend, having studied art at university, was vigorously defending it with the usual arguments of the art being representative and an emotional interpretation of the artists’ innermost feelings and experiences.
The guy disagreed.
He saw the vast majority of modern art as ‘crap on a canvas’ (or words to that effect). He held the stance that todays modern art could have been produced by absolutely anybody with no tangible artistic talent. The only reason this art work sold, he felt, was because the artist had become a ‘known entity’ on the art scene and was able to project some anal significance to the mess they had created and labeled it as ‘art’.
The conversation turned into a heated debate and so the guy decided to set himself a challenge. He would see if, with absolutely no artistic talent at all, he could create a piece of modern art and sell it for a profit; his hypothesis being that “most of todays modern artists are tallentless and absolutely anyone can create modern art and sell it”.
The Faux Artist
The challenge would have the following guidelines:
1) The modern art must be sold for a profit i.e. more than it cost to make
2) The modern art can not be knowingly sold to friends or family of the Faux Artist
3) No-one else can help the Faux Artist in the creation of the modern art
4) There is no restriction on the type or number of mediums utilized in the art work, however must satisfy point 1
5) Any reasonable channels can be used to try and sell the art work
6) At no point must the Faux Artist lie to enhance his artistic profile
…that would just be down right dishonest, now wouldn’t it!
With these rules in place, let the experiment commence!
-The Faux Artist-