Art & Design

People Are Taking Really Dumb Selfies With Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’

Art & Design

People Are Taking Really Dumb Selfies With Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’

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We think of the selfie as a modern development, but they’re really at the root of all forms of expression, from fine art paintings and sculptures to the earliest recorded media. What is a cave drawing if not a primitive selfie? Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised then that museum-goers have taken so strongly to filming themselves in front of works of art, it’s often a meta-textual selfie-within-a-selfie that you could certainly write an undergraduate BA thesis on. A poor, hackneyed one, sure, but you could write it all the same.

Some works of art lend themselves more readily for self-insertion, even if their underlying themes might not necessarily recommend such playfulness. For Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” aka “The Marvelous Sugar Baby”, some are taking that idea of insertion rather literally. The massive installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn is being called the “most selfie-inducing art installation of the year”, as Dazed writes. This despite the fact, as Creative Time explain, the piece is “an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.”

Haha, let me get a picture of myself goofing off in front of that, right?

Well, now you can, thanks to some enterprising troll. And you don’t even need to shlep all the way out there to see it.

SugarSelfie.com pokes fun at the “Selfie Event of the Season” by allowing you to take a picture of yourself using your computer’s camera and digitally inserting your image in front of the statue.  Consider it a way to make the evolving conversation about contemporary art focus on what’s really the most important subject of any work: you specifically.

 

Image via WNYC.

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