Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
attributed to Picasso
Ansel Adams was born on Feb. 20, 1902. His photographs of American wilderness well known exemplifying his love for the outdoors. It is somehow fitting that he died on Earth Day, Apr. 22, 1984.
"Our lives at times seem a study in contrast...love and hate, birth and death, right and wrong...everything seen in absolutes of black and white. Too ofter we are not aware that it is shades of grey that add depth and meaning to the starkness of those extremes." His image of "Half Dome, Merced River, Winter" is a good example of the importance of shades of grey even in a black and white image.
In contrast to the shades of grey, in 2012 the Ripoff Artists chose to use his photo of "Factory Buildings San Francisco" in Colourful Black and White interpretations.
Grant Wood was born on Feb. 13, 1891. If he hadn't inconveniently died in 1942, he would be 130 this year. His iconic painting "American Gothic" was chosen for our 5th Ripoff challenge in 2011. The twist was that each Ripoff artist had to do their version in the style of another dead artist.
Ripoff Artist Terry Irvine, a former brewery brat, agrees with Wood's sentiment, "You can do anything with beer that you can do with wine. Beer is great for basting or marinating..." In honour of Wood's birthday, let's get basted and marinated. Cheers!
Our long standing tradition at our opening reception is to have a food theme which honours the victim's roots, which was American food for Wood. Kurt Hutterli captured the spirit on many levels. He chose Alexander Calder, American, as his muse and wore a red t-shirt all week as red was a favourite theme for Calder. His food contribution hit the ball out of the park!