Monday, June 24, 2013
Chod Gets a Taste of His Own Treatment . . . Kind Of
Months ago, Chod did one of the most uproarious things that has happened on the streets. Chod visited a local gallery, purchased a $2,500 painting by Annie Preece, painted over it, and then returned it to the streets where it hung for a full day before being recovered by Annie herself. It was a fascinating saga, and you can check out the original story HERE.
As Chod later explained in a rebuttal, the piece was done to explore "the ideas of what values we assign to objects and who specifically attaches value to them". It is fascinating how $2500 cash--or really most any bulk material or product, however, that 'value' was failed to be recognized by everyone else on the streets. The value of art is arbitrary, and it was a brazen and bold move on Chod's part to put his money where his idea was. Chod has since continued to play with the idea of money with his art.
Well, today Chod got a taste of his own treatment . . . kind of. Someone just released the above video on Youtube where Chod's painting was similarly purchased from a local gallery for a reported $1500, then completely painted over, and then also reportedly resold at the Melrose and Fairfax flea market for $150.
The video says that the pieces are 'art born of the same canvas', but it is not clear what the point of this takeover is. After all, Chod's painting was completely painted over so that by selling the final piece, it only seems to say that the second image was not worth as much as the first.
M&F can confirm that Chod's painting was purchased, however, the video also implies that Chod might be somehow involved with this production. In a rambling discourse, the description of the video on Youtube also suggests that M&F is involved in some sort of film conspiracy with Chod. That is not true. There is no conspiracy. The art is what it is and we report it accordingly. You are welcome to make up your own mind after that fact, but there is no film in the works and no image this blog is trying to put out in conjunction with Chod, or anyone else.
So what is the point of this? Chod's seems like real art with a strong statement. This seems like a waste of money to prove an unclear point?