The Art of the Mashup

Bryan just shot me this link over IM earlier today and it’s friggin’ great. It’s a typographic translation of the “What does Marsellus Wallace look like?!” scene from Pulp Fiction created by Jarratt Moody.I think it’s example of the form of art for the 21st century – the mashup. It’s not merely a copy of a scene from a movie – it’s an interpretation Mr. Moody has done of that clip to make it his own, something completely new.
Another great mashup from the last few years was the mashup ‘trailer’ for Shining – using footage from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining coupled with Peter Gabriel’s song Solsbury Hill to produce something that feels totally different than the actual movie:

When I see mashups on the Internet or listen to mashup albums (like DJ Danger Mouse’s Grey Album), I think of the long tradition of copying and mixing that art has in its history. Although you can find examples that go much further back, a good modern starting point would be Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain:
Fountain - Marcel Duchamp

Why is this art? Because Duchamp said it is.

I also think of of Andy Warhol and his Campbell’s Soup Cans:

Soup Cans - Andy Warhol

Amazing what’s possible with silk screening.

and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon:
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon - Picasso

Pablo mashed up his art with African masks. Just like Paul Simon did on his album Graceland.

Friday Inspiration

Women I, Willem de Kooning

Women I, 1950-52, Oil on canvas, 75 7/8″ x 58″

There’s a dimension that we don’t understand. In other words, if you have a landscape or and interior you have a space. You can deal with it in terms of images and what-not. But you can’t really understand what paint is doing. Paint is doing something that you ask it to do in order get the nose on somebody’s face. The paint also does something that isn’t the nose on the face. What is does is fascinating. It’s a new geography.