Friday, February 17, 2012

Repost: Similarities

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 19 Apr 2010) - with the blog in its current form over three years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while.

A fascinating overview of similarities, intentional or unintentional, in designs of posters and the like. To quote the collector (B. Caruthers): Albert Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” The pairs of images in this "Similarities" set are similar visually in one way or another. They are presented without judgement as to the motives of their creators. The viewers of the pieces can form their own opinion(s) about what they see. Some are "accidents": The creator of the similar piece had no knowledge of the original. Some are "re-contextualized": Obscure imagery from long forgotten sources was used from vintage printed ephemera. Some are "inspired": They are either obviously or vaguely similar to one another. Some are "homages": In order to pay homage to an existing piece, the original design should be widely known. Some are "appropriated": They contain—as the primary image on their piece—the original (and usually, but not always, uncredited) visual source. Not sure under which heading this combination of a Sundsbo photograph and Ladytron concert poster would fall, but it is a fascinating collection to browse through.

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