Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Artist feature: Jim Loftus

Check out these works that will totally rock your world! Jim Loftus calls himself an "appropriationist" What the? You ask? Here's the definition straight from Wikipedia:
The term appropriation refers to the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work (as in 'the artist uses appropriation') or refers to the new work itself (as in 'this is a piece of appropriation art'). Art practices involve the 'appropriation' of ideas, symbols, artefacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of man made visual or non visual culture. Inherent in the process of appropriation is the fact that the new work recontextualizes whatever it borrows to create the new work. In most cases the original 'thing' remains accessible as the original, without change.

Ok, ok. enough you say. But when you see Jim's work, you will simply be entranced and amazed at the stuff he comes up with. Truly genius, my friends.

Jim Loftus, appropriationist, www.nearlynormaljim.com
Loftus, an Atlanta-area artist, works in mixed media and 3-D construction art. His materials include found objects, residue of the 20th Century, recycled junk, paint, wire, and the occasional preserved reptile. Loftus has no formal art education. Inspired by artists like Nick Bantock and Michael de Meng, he began to develop his style of Outsider Art, tinged but not contaminated by the Dark Side. He also dabbles in magic, ciphers and history. All art work is at least 90 percent recycled and re-used material, most of it destined for a landfill.

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