Feb 10 2009

Mass-produced art!

Published by at 3:00 am under Jerks

shitty mass produced art

We’ve all been to Bed Bath & Beyond and marveled at their wall of shitty mass-produced art. Most of us (I hope all of you) make the correct decision to keep walking straight out the door with our bags filled with water filters, shower radios, margarita stations, candles and various unneeded “As Seen on TV” items. Believe it or not, there are people who stop at the giant wall of crap and think, “I wonder if that painting of the word ‘dream’ would fit over our bed?”

Holy shit, look at this photo I took today. I don’t want to live in a world with people who see framed plates and don’t have the instinct to smash them with a baseball bat. The words “mass-produced” and “art” should never be near each other. OK smart ass, go ahead and lecture me about Andy Warhol or popular music. Get it out of your system (I looking at you Jeff). This is different and you know it.

Believe it or not there is something even worse than the Bed Bath & Beyond “art” gallery. When I see the crap, hipster, bullshit “art” that Urban Outfitters sells I want to pick up the nearest pair of $100 purposely-ripped jeans and hang myself. It turns my stomach. Is there anything less hip than plastering your walls with the same piece of shit silk screened monster truck that the rest of your dipshit hipster friends have?

People who are lucky enough to have visited my home may question my choice in art but if anything it’s the exact opposite of mass-produced.

It’s not easy being so right all the time but I manage.

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18 comments to “Mass-produced art!”

  1. Walkin' Willyon 10 Feb 2009 at 3:57 am

    Yeah, why buy mass produced art when you can get the real thing for pretty cheap? It’s not easy finding decent stuff though. When I go to art walks and similar indie artist showcases, I usually get annoyed with how little effort or thought went into the pieces for sale. Insensitive color relationships abound too.

    And I do own a few mass produced pieces from the 60’s and 70’s that are pretty cool, but they’re obviously not in the same style as the Bed Bath & Beyond eyesores.

  2. CreatureofHabiton 10 Feb 2009 at 7:23 am

    I love your art collection (note: not the one in the photo)!

  3. Yours Trulyon 10 Feb 2009 at 8:08 am

    There’s no such thing as good art these days. It doesn’t matter if it’s this crappy mass-produced stuff or done by famous (and I use the term loosely here) artists. I went to the art gallery in Ottawa a while back and one of the exhibits was (I shit you not) a canvas painted all black. This was right beside the canvas painted white with a small red triangle in the middle. To top it all off were the people who would nod and say, “Ooooh, NOW I get it!” I could take a picture of my ass and it could be considered “art”. I would title it “Moon Smiles On Winter’s Night” and sell it for $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

  4. Aequitason 10 Feb 2009 at 9:22 am

    There is such a thing as good art. You just have to look for it. I know a lot of really talented Artists that are working today. But since the economy is in the toilet and all I wouldnt blame them for trying to sell their work at Kmart.

  5. guilty noodleson 10 Feb 2009 at 9:45 am

    I love your art collection too!!!

    With etsy, why would anyone buy that crap? I remember when we purchased our home and the realtor was all, “this piece right here will go with the owner, but if you really like it, it’s available at Z Gallery.”

    “NO, please have them take it with them. ALL OF IT.”

  6. Jeffon 10 Feb 2009 at 10:04 am

    Unreal – this post could have been a quote lifted from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand …

    (except for the Jeff bit)

  7. stevenon 10 Feb 2009 at 10:10 am

    Whenever I see these displays at Target or Ikea or BB&B or Jack in the Box, there’s always somebody taking their sweet time picking out the best thing… I always feel better about myself by mentally pissing on these people. The worst one I saw was one with the Rat Pack. On Target, just search Rat Pack and you can get a poster that says “I’m a huge fan of the rat pack, even though Sinatra died while I was in the womb.”

  8. Neishon 10 Feb 2009 at 10:38 am

    My dad and I bought my mom prints from Home Sense at Xmas time. She goes for this sort of stuff and basically pointed out what she wanted, I just brought my dad to do the purchasing.

    It’s annoying, especially since my own Xmas gift for her was a reproduction in pencil of a picture of my brother when he was a kid. Of course she loved it but it sort of undervalues the work I did since she’s willing to spend $55 on a print that 500 people now have. She could just hire me for a fraction of the cost of all her crappy print art and get original art. But maybe it’s like the clay bowl you make when you’re a kid, she’s just humoring me.

  9. SanFranon 10 Feb 2009 at 11:14 am

    Like greasy-spoon diners, I’ll eat at any of them, so long as there is only one.

    Same applies for art. Originality is key.

  10. rachelon 10 Feb 2009 at 6:37 pm

    you are my favorite.

  11. rachelon 10 Feb 2009 at 6:40 pm

    ps brandonbird.com for the best art ever!

  12. rachelon 10 Feb 2009 at 6:44 pm

    p.s. have you seen brandon bird’s art? google him.

  13. You Just Made My List!on 10 Feb 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Rachel – actually yes, I am familiar with Brandon Bird and I really love his stuff. It actually reminds me of a lot of the art I own. A friend of mine has one of his Seinfeld prints.


  14. You Just Made My List!on 10 Feb 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Rachel – you are now MY favorite!

  15. rachelon 10 Feb 2009 at 7:09 pm

    i bought my husband “bad day on the high seas” for christmas. i pretty much ruled the gift giving.

  16. Jeffon 10 Feb 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Eesh – I prefer the guy who paints robots and donuts.

    But whatever, I guess art is in the eye of the collector.

  17. Simonon 11 Feb 2009 at 5:56 am

    Come on, this is bullshit. Good art is good art, whether it’s mass-produced or not. Judge art on its intrinsic qualities, not on the nomber of copies that were printed. Sure, that stuff in the picture is ugly, but that’s got nothing to do with whether it’s mass-produced or not.

    Some dude paints the Mona Lisa, everyone agrees it’s beautiful. Some other dude makes another picture, just as beautiful, but prints 100.000 copies of it, and suddenly it’s disgustingly ugly? Where’s the difference?

  18. You Just Made My List!on 11 Feb 2009 at 10:20 am

    Simon – I think you are missing my point. I’m talking about mass-produced art created for no other reason but to be sold to the masses. Art with commerce in mind. I’m a lazy writer so I’m sure I could have explained it better.