Aug 28 2013
I’ll let Kaelin explain the concept:
An excuse to paint the internet; inspired by Walter Benjamin and the Ikea Monkey.
Benjamemes takes its name from a German art theorist, Walter Benjamin. In Benjamin’s 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” he addresses the then newfound reproducibility and availability of art. This democratization of art made Benjamin question the value of the original. An original [work] of art, he theorized, possessed an aura, which made the experience of viewing the original unique. Reproductions degraded the value of the original’s aura.
A successful meme is by definition reproducible, shareable, and recognizable. Benjamemes creates an aura where none previously existed.
I love how weirdly sophisticated these memes become once rendered in oils. These would look pretty good on the walls of a pop culture blogger, am I right? Check out more after the jump.
David After Dentist 2009, 2013
Ikea Monkey, 2013
Texts from Hillary Clinton 2012, 2013
Grumpy Cat 2012, 2013
Antoine Dodson 2010, 2012
Dramatic Chipmunk 2007, 2013
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