In the online contest of “Remake,” anyone can be an artist, and everyone can be art. The Canadian art blog Booooooom.com called for submissions last month for readers to imitate classic paintings.
Photographs for the contest came pouring in: Magritte’s shrouded “Lovers” kiss in real life. A montage of photographs splinter a man playing a guitar to imitate Georges Braque’s “Woman with a Guitar.” A graphic designer meticulously painted red dots all over her subject to re-create Roy Lichtenstein’s life-size comic drawing “Ohhh. . . . Alright . . . ”
The play on the familiar-made-new makes the project intriguing. One of the more amusing aspects are the small interpretations referencing the change of time. The forlorn girl reading a letter by an open window, painted by Vemeer in the 1650s, stares longingly at a phone in the 2011 version. The Remake Rembrandt’s anatomy lesson substitutes the inside of a computer for a human body.
Go to booooooom.com to check out the gallery with plenty of great remakes.
Image above: “Luncheon on the Grass” remake by Gizem Karakas