A Plastic Shark is Art, 2008.
A Plastic Shark is Art is a response to Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Something Living. To pay someone thousands of dollars to kill a shark so it can be put into a tank of formaldehyde to be sold for millions of dollars, solely on the merit of one's name, is not adequately reverent to the creative muse or the art-making process.
As a response to this, I bought a plastic shark for $7, threw it into the air, and photographed it as it fell back down. Instead of removing life from something alive, I took something inanimate and gave it life! "A Plastic Shark is Art" is an inexpensive, hands-on, clever and delightful counter piece to Hirst's expensive, outsourced, soulless and dreary exhibition. Scroll to view gallery.
This piece is available for the first time as a poster of the full set of sharks or as a mini acrylic prism of a single shark in flight, which I think nicely mimics the appearance of a little glass tank. To purchase available work in this series click here.