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33 Contemporary Gallery presents:
“copy.right?” The Art of Appropriation
February 15 to March 9, 2013
As long as there have been artists, there have been artists who appropriate. To appropriate is to borrow elements in the creation of new work. Appropriation recontextualises whatever it borrows to create something new. In some cases the original ‘thing’ remains accessible as the original, without change, but in other cases, the new work takes on a completely different façade and ultimately new meaning. Thus, blurring the line of what is fair usage and challenging the implications of copyright laws. The practice of appropriation can be traced back before the Renaissance, but became popular with the Surrealists, Dadaists, Pop Artists and the Neo-Geo Artists when mass production became a cultural norm.
Art is not created in a bubble. Artists are influenced by almost everything: the internet, television, literature, history, news and even other artists…
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