There may be an art to taking the selfie, but is the selfie itself art? This week, we have a reason to believe it might be. ~ Petra Cortright
In a world of Instagram, short Vine videos, and social networks galore, the selfie has gone through a huge transformation. From inclusion in the dictionary to marketing ads, the once self-indulgent portrait has taken on a life, and message, all its own. Artists are taking this cultural phenomenon and inserting it into an art context.
It begs the question: can a selfie be an artwork too?
For most of us the selfie isn’t and shouldn’t be art… #Selfienation lays no claims to immortality. It only wants the most love and control in a moment.
National #Selfie Portrait Gallery is a group installation of short-form video self-portraits from 19 international artists. The show was on view at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London, mid-October.
National #Selfie Portrait Gallery
[rewind: Selfie is Now in the Dictionary]
Are They For Real?
Just in case you are wondering – yes, these are established artists grounded in the contemporary art world. For example, the image above was created by Petra Cortright, a Los Angeles-based artist who sold a digitally-painted abstract work on aluminum canvas and a selfie video portrait at Phillips’ first-ever digital art auction this month. Art history in the making, Philiip’s Paddle’s On, challenged the art world’s status quo of bartering and selling in the physical object only. Cortright was one of many artists in a new media stepping out to see if the culturally benign can also become the cultural artistic statement.
So, do you feel the selfie can also be art?
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules