As a graphic designer, I work daily with “royalty-free” photos, images which have been created purely to be sold in bulk as a raw material for another person’s creative endeavor, with no inherent meaning of their own, and no credit paid to the original author. Often, stock photos are sold in a range of image resolutions, allowing customers to either download a low-quality, degraded image for cheap, or to pay a premium for more pixels - a pricing scale essentially based on the amount of information contained in the image.
Mirroring this, visitors to this exhibition were invited to either buy a painting at the marked price, or reduce this price the amount of their choosing, by allowing me to cover an equivalent percentage of the canvas’ surface area in white house paint prior to purchase.
Policeman and Fireman Saying the Pledge of Allegiance
Sold for 66% Off
Gang of Young People with Drugs and a Gun
Sold for 25% Off
Smart Man Using Digital Tablet in Urban City
Sold for 20% Off
Young Couple Enjoying Their Vacation // Sold for 60% Off
Suit-Wearing Men Make a Deal // Sold for 25% Off
Triptych: Family // Sold Separately for Various Percentages