Gallery: Involuntary Collaborations: Bland Landscape Paintings Turned I...

 
One day he found a painting at a yard sale with a $1.00 sticker on it, and purchased it immediately, but for some reason, this one stood out amongst the dozens he'd purchased before.

When McMahon first got started on this series, he had less than honorable intentions. The first time he picked up a painting was at a local auction house and he planned to cover it with gesso to make himself a fresh new canvas at a fraction of the cost of a new one. So for one dollar, he bought it. From that point on, if he saw a painting at a thrift store, an auction or yard sale, he would buy it cheap and repurpose it for his own art.

One day he found a painting at a yard sale with a $1.00 sticker on it and purchased it immediately, but for some reason, this one stood out amongst the dozens he’d purchased before.

McMahon says, “It had an ominous purpleness to it – somewhat moody, with mountains in the distance and a large, empty pool of water in the foreground.  The landscape itself almost created a frame, the center of which, I felt, was notably absent a subject. So for the first time, I decided not to destroy a cheap landscape painting, but to finish it.” What resulted was the addition of a sea serpent weaving in and out of the water.

“I was, in a sense, working with another painter who was completely unaware of our collaboration. From that point on, I started looking for empty landscapes to “finish” rather than any cheap painting I could whiteout with gesso.”

But to give credit where credit is due, McMahon signs his name next to that of the original artist’s.

+ Chris MacMahon at Deviant Art

+ Chris MacMahon Blog

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3 Comments

  1. shadowwalker May 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    mtbcr you need to read the book:
    Reclaiming Fair Use by Profs. Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the Washington College of Law at American University

    Chris McMahon has done a fantastic job with this work. He has defined a piece of current culture and added to modern art. It is the job of an artist to contribute to the current culture. His contribution is well within the rights of Fair Use in copyright law. More importantly, he is doing just what copyright law is designed to inspire. Creation of new ideas!

    I have been so moved by the importance of this contribution that I am curating an Art Show based on this very premise of Involuntary Collaboration.

    Thanks McMahon for defining the newest genre of art!

    Involuntary Collaboration Art Show
    Skywriter T-shirt Art Gallery
    528 Duane Street
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

    June 15, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm

  2. shadowwalker May 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Reclaiming Fair Use by Profs. Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the Washington College of Law at American University

    Chris McMahon has done a fantastic job with this work. He has defined a piece of current culture and added to modern art. That is the job of an artist. To contribute to the current culture. His contribution is well within the rights of Fair Use in copyright law. More importantly, he is doing just what copyright law is designed to inspire. Creation of new ideas!

    I have been so moved by the importance of this contribution that I am curating an Art Show based on the very premise of Involuntary Collaboration.

    Thanks McMahon for defining the newest genre of art!

    Involuntary Collaboration Art Show
    Skywriter T-shirt Art Gallery
    528 Duane Street
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

    June 15, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm

  3. mtbcr December 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Destroying someone’s work without their permission is not “collaboration”, it’s just destroying their work. If you don’t want it for what it is, leave it alone.

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