Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol did a pretty
popular series of collaborations in the 80’s. It was
anticipated to be one of the greatest bodies of work in
history. It’s said that Warhol would paint something and
Basquiat would paint over it and sometimes urinated on it.
I guess they thought irreverent was genius. Isn’t that what
we love about great art.
In the end, the critics hated their collaboration. They
pounded it into the ground. The art community turned its
back on it. Leaving us asking the question, “is there a dark
side to collaboration?”
We tried that same experiment at Creature. We put up a
canvas and started taking turns - putting paint on canvas.
We had one rule, “respect what was put before you or don’t
respect it at all - There is no middle ground.”
This is an Experiment I tested out with a few colleagues I was working with in Seattle:
Step 1: The original image was a well crafted, irreverent painting
of a smiley face in the shape of a middle finger.
Step 2: I gave people a sharpie, the painting and told them to be polite - It wasn’t
too long before people began to add random phrases and
This is the result.