I thought I would approach question six.
6. How have artists appropriated existing inventions to create
innovative art? Is some innovation culturally sterile?
While I am unsure about the second half of the question, I can offer
an example of the first one. In my opinion, the artist Kenny Komer
uses an existing invention in an innovative, unexpected, and
resourceful way. Komer turned his computer laptop screen into a light
box, which he uses to create expressive hand drawings by placing paper
over the screen and tracing Google images. Unfortunately, I don't have
a link to a specific example of this particular work (However, here is
a link to his Web site: http://www.ronkom.com). Nevertheless, I
thought It was very inventive to use a search engine to find images
that he then reinterprets by tracing them on his screen for use in
other works and different contexts. This is an example of a kind of
novel use of an invention/s (a computer laptop and the Internet).
Whether or not the final result is considered "innovative art" is
another question, which is open for debate. However, I think it is
safe to say that this series of art is unique to this era (and is
literally generated by still rather new technology).
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