You can stick those stickers in your installation!

We always have to wrestle with art work like this installation from 2009 by Brian Kaspr and Payton Turner at The Salon at Sundown. On one hand, we love the simplicity of the idea and how it turned out. On the other hand, it starts to make our heads hurt when we think about the time and effort that went into it. Each wallpaper pattern is made up of thousands of hand-applied stickers, and can be removed and re-applied in any space. It works on a couple of levels; the entire room itself is impressive, and then the detail photos show how there’s a whole ‘nother level waiting for you when you get up close. You’re drawn to something that’s familiar but it’s been presented in a way not thought of before. “Wow, I’ve never seen anything like that!” and “Hey, I’ve used those before myself.” That’s an entirely different kind of appeal than that of art like Monet’s Water Lilies, but certainly no less valid. The argument could be made that it takes more talent to find beauty in something common and mundane, rather than something already widely considered beautiful.

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