Ray Beldner, Brendan Lott, Sonja Schenk, and Annie Seaton are pleased to announce the opening of their exhibition, Misappropriation.
The pop-up show, which takes place during the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, includes paintings, mixed media, digital prints, and small-scale installation all using and misusing found photo-based imagery.
Appropriation as an artistic practice and visual strategy is not new to contemporary artists, but the case that this show makes is that the Internet enables a new kind of appropriation or borrowing, a "mis-appropriation" which is the intentional--sometimes humorous, sometimes dark--misuse of someone else's material. In this case, their images or their likenesses.
Each artist in the show collages images they have taken or found on the Internet or elsewhere, and they re-purpose and re-contextualize them in a way that reflects on their origins. They are in a sense "meta-images" that problematize the picture's original purpose and meaning.