Fine Art & Therapeutic Portraiture by Lauren Herrmann

CONCEPTUAL WORK A Plastic Shark is Art
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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.

Installation View,  40" x 34". Archival Inkjet Prints. 2008.

Installation View,  40" x 34". Archival Inkjet Prints. 2008.

Shark in Flight #17.

Shark in Flight #17.

Shark in Flight #16.

Shark in Flight #16.

Shark in Flight #8.

Shark in Flight #8.

Shark in Flight #7.

Shark in Flight #7.

Shark in Flight #6.

Shark in Flight #6.

Shark in Flight #13.

Shark in Flight #13.

Shark in Flight #5.

Shark in Flight #5.

Shark in Flight #14.

Shark in Flight #14.

Shark in Flight #10.

Shark in Flight #10.

Shark in Flight #15.

Shark in Flight #15.

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