"This is like the opposite of Vivian Maier"
March 4, 2014 8:32 AM Subscribe
posted by I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984 (45 comments total)
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(Warning: most links contain artistic nudes) In February, Chicago curator Paul-David Young announced a gallery show
featuring found, sometimes nude self portraits from an unknown artist. Claiming to not know the identity of the artist, Young romanticized the unknown origins of the photos, implied the artist was impossible to find, and drew parallels with the Vivian Maier
story. After some light digging, however, Animal New York
was quickly able to identify the subject as digital artist Molly Soda
, who has a popular presence on YouTube
After the Animal story was published, Young quickly admitted that he had already uncovered the identity of the artist behind the self-portraits, and claimed he unsuccessfully tried to contact her through Craigslist and Tumblr
. Young's appropriation of Soda's work raises interesting questions as to when it is acceptable to use someone else's work in your own artwork, the ethical duty to correctly attribute the original work, and the necessity of gaining permission from the original artist. Responding to the Animal story, Young responded, “I do not think of these as Molly Soda’s photographs”. Interestingly, when informed about the gallery show, Molly Soda had this to say:
"I think it’s wild he found my photos. I threw them all out when I was moving out of my house in Chicago to Detroit. They were all like copies that I didn’t want or bad prints... It’s funny ’cause I always talk about ownership and letting go of ownership once you put something on the Internet, so it’s interesting that this is happening IRL too."