Remakes on Boooooom.com

posted by Bridget on 31 January 2012

Last year the booooooom website invited submissions of photographic remakes of classical paintings. The results are a mix of good/bad, fun/weird and inventive/pastiche and confirmed my thought that remaking or re-interpreting a classical image is not as easy as it might first appear.

What intrigued me as I browsed through the submissions was the frequency in which some artists popped up, in particular Frida Kahlo and how some famous paintings, such as "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, a complicated painting requiring the cooperation of friends and relatives, was reproduced so many times.

All the remakes, bar one, were of paintings and sculptures involving the human figure or still life; nothing abstract or conceptual. The exception was the reworking of Mondrian's "Composition With Red, Blue and Yellow".

The art of the remake is "a hit-and-miss game" as Jonathan Jones argues in his blog post on the project but as he goes on to write "the art of the remake is part of an age-old tradition" an essential part of the apprenticeship when the young artist learns their trade.

So this week's selection of twitter pix are taken from Booooooom's remake gallery and the remakes I have picked out either made me smile or suggested that the copier was trying to gain a greater understanding of the original image rather than slavishly copy it.

So to start we have Katie Jackson's version of "Composition With Red, Blue and Yellow" by Mondrian.

remake mondrian

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