Recreating Art at Home
Perhaps you’ve seen some of these: people recreating works of art using whatever props come to hand while isolating at home. Toilet paper. Lots of toilet paper.
The NY Times ran a feature on the phenomenon two weeks back, and followed up last Saturday with a piece on the mother of all such collections, this one coming out of Russia. It’s a Facebook group with 540,000 members that posts new recreations at the rate of 1000 per day.
(Both the Getty Museum in LA and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have encouraged similar creativity in recent weeks.)
The Russian group’s name (in Western orthography, Izoizolyacia) combines the Russian words for “visual arts” and “isolation.”
Here are a few that caught my eye. If you don’t like these, join the group and wait a minute… there will be five or ten more.
Four roommates stuck at home together are making some hilarious reimaginings of art. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7nMnVgcDf/
Even better than recreating well-known masterpieces at home: recreating terrible thrift-shop art. There’s a private Facebook group dedicated to this practice, and Sad and Useless has a post with the best-worst examples. A sample: