Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (one and two)

 Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Keating)

Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Keating)


What have I got to say on the subject of these ‘creating competition in the marketplace’ paintings?? 

 

 Well lots actually, so much I might find it difficult to get it all out in one stream, so bear with me while I give it a go. For starters I have pilfered my compositions to create blatant copies of two famous oil paintings from Ireland’s past… the first is a Jack Yeats painting and the second a Sean Keating, both painted somewhere around 100 years ago… the real versions of these paintings can [as far as I know] be seen in the National Gallery in Dublin and if you are ever in the vicinity I can't recommend it enough as a cost effective way to keep out of the rain… but if you’re not in Dublin and can’t get to see the originals then my copies are quite nice too. They are quite a bit smaller than their critically acclaimed counterparts [but then, have you seen the size of a Cadburys dairy milk these days] as a rule the 21st century customer can feel a little bit hard done by with respect to the size of things, but when it comes to these paintings they sure as hell can’t complain about the taste, as both are perfectly formed… a product of me projecting the original image onto canvas and copying verbatim the composition by the dim light of a cutprice photograph projector… why did I do this??? Well besides it being a fun idea to try and paint in the dark, the aim was to destroy the incestuous idea of intellectual property rights that has crept into society in recent years, and about how the concept of everything I think and do being the sole property of ‘Me’ is really a crime against humanity and has become a handbrake on future human development in all fields of Science and the Arts; more than this the concept of ring fencing everything I think and do as ‘legally mine’ for he doth has the resources to protect it is one of the more cancerous processes that is currently destroying democracy as we know it, but more on that some other day… for now I will return to these paintings and how as a painter I don’t believe in original thought [despite the incessant pressure put forth in the media and the standard textbook to equate such and such big name Artist with the discovery of this or that style or fashion] I believe that as a human you can only think thoughts that are a result of the mixing and mingling of all the things that you have seen and heard in your life up until this point [Shirley Valentine jumps to mind, but I could leave myself open to legal repercussions if I look any deeper into that, so I will leave it there…] As a painter it is my job to experiment with paint and materials to find new ways of doing things, but they will only be things if they fire off neurones in my brain that result in me saying - yes! That’ll do, that’s art… and these neurones can only fire if I know what it is that I am looking at. Ok, so I know that makes fuck all sense but it’s a true story, try it out for yourself…

 

That’s enough for today; tomorrow - Why I decided to split the paintings in two… 

 Ok, so today is tomorrow and as promised I will try figure out why I split these paintings into halves…. Well this stemmed from an idea to make light of the Sky Sports and BT football’s great consumer protection swindle [21st century best practice it would seem] where on the orders of the competition authority the men in suits were ‘forced’ to split up the Premier League’s television rights that Sky Sports had up until then been in sole possession of; the stated aim of this legal decision was to ‘create competition in the marketplace’ and thereby give the costumer more in the way of choice. Well that’s exactly what I am doing with these paintings, No one person should be allowed the sole rights to view one of my stolen images, and no one person should be forced to purchase both halves of a painting if they only want the one… As a lucky little side effect of this little conceit, I get to sell my product twice… So just like with sports content [where in the name of more choice the average fan wanting to see all of their preferred team’s televised football matches has to cough up twice as much for the privilege] anyone who wants to see both sides of one of these paintings will have to purchase both halves of the painting in question! Thank heavens for the competition authority I say, and pity the fool who buys only one half and decides for whatever reason to hold off buying the second, because as soon as the money hits my pocket, I will know that there is a demand for the product and the price of the second half will quickly double… Well if Art is supposed to hold a mirror to society - why the hell can’t I get Me some? 


 
 Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Yeats a)

Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Yeats a)

 Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Yeats b)

Creating Competition in the MarketPlace (Yeats b)

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