Friday, May 20, 2011

Eva and Franvo Mattes aka

"We wanted to make a work about Internet’s overflowing creativity vs. high art fixation with originality. We found a cat meme collage circulating online, and we ended up making this fake sculpture by art-star Maurizio Cattelan with it. It’s a small yellow taxidermy bird perched atop a birdcage that imprisons an angry-looking taxidermy cat.

The piece has been exhibited at Inman Gallery Annex, in Houston, TX, for a month now as a work by Cattelan, and will be there through January 15, 2011. We thought, let’s wear the mask of a famous artist and see what happens: Will people realize it immediately? Will they say ‘this is his worst work ever?’ Or will they love it?

The reception by the art world has been enthusiastic so far. Who knows what’s going to happen when they find out it’s a prank."

Freedom from Eva and Franco Mattes aka 01.ORG on Vimeo.

It's a performance piece in Counter Strike - it should be watched in HD to see the messaging.

check out more of their amazing stuff (including chat roulette creepiness & computer virus as art)