So, where's the line between the derivative and the original? Does "appropriation" make something derivative any more than working "in the style of" someone?
Ultimately, everything derives from something else right? So, does one require only two elements to create something new?
As a visual study into this phenomena, I have been creating these compositions by manipulating the works of other artists and recombining them (in photoshop, I'm still working on the paintings) . This particular piece was Rothko's Black on Maroon. I changed the proportions, color, and added a self portrait of mine.
The others, below, include Gerhardt Richter, Rothko, Rembrandt, Nerdrum, Jenny Saville, Van Dyke, and some of my paintings as sources.
Does it make them less interesting and engaging if you know the sources, or more so?
On an Aesthetic level I kind of like this one. It's somehow simultaneously both familiar and not.