Altered images, subway edition
Subway posters aren’t designed to be interactive, but sometimes they get hijacked—graffitied, blackened, torn and rearranged. Generally, I enjoy the results. The posters are ads to consume or deflect, not frescoes to revere.
The altered versions tend to conform to just a few common themes. It isn’t exactly original to draw a moustache on someone—Duchamp milked that act of appropriation for all it’s worth when he drew one on the Mona Lisa in 1919. The charm is in the execution. Anarchic sentiment, gender ambiguity, casual misogyny and bloodlust… all themes explored by artists from Dada and Surrealism through feminist art and Japanese printmaking.
If you want to make fun of a man, turn him into a woman.
Go Island of Dr. Moreau.
Hate me because I’m beautiful.
Put some blood on it.