Creative Domain

Artists use other people's work all the time when they find something in the pop cultural ether that resonates with them and then fold it into their own art. But sometimes the originators of the borrowed work are not happy and sue, as in recent high-profile cases involving Richard Prince and Shepard Fairey. In this age of retweeting and reblogging is it possible to come up with some common sense guidelines about what kind of creative reuse is acceptable? The artwork in the group show “Determining Domain” addresses this question and other issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks, and ownership. Kaleidoscopic mosaics by Sanaz Mazinani are made up of photos of the flag-covered coffins of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, images that until 2005 the Pentagon blocked from distribution. Dentist Farnaz Shadravan contributes perhaps the most show-stopping work in the exhibition, a quartet of upright tubs that she carved into using the tools of her trade to create exact duplicates of four Albrecht Dürer woodcuts. Meanwhile Stephanie Syjuco does some witty appropriating of her own with her color printouts of antique vases arranged to trick the eye; and she takes the conversation further yet with floor-to-ceiling posters that point visitors to free resources about piracy and property.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon. Starts: Dec. 27. Continues through Jan. 19, 2012

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