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Daniel Baskin
Arkansas

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I have taken marble and bronze works of art from great American institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and recreated them in soft, cheap fabric and marker. I take these works, copy them, skew them, and call them mine. As the museums take from other cultures and own these works, I now own their imagery, I own their history, and as I skew and manipulate their physicality, I skew those histories as well.
My work attempts to equalize power structures. I make the work submissive to the viewer. The works no longer act as powerful godlike structures of limitless value, but as softer, more humorous, profane, less permanent works of art that highlight the true futility and lack of power that we and all objects truly have.

www.dannyrwbaskin.com

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