September 26, 2014

Artist Makes Millions Selling Invisible Art

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I have tons of my own invisible art just lying around the house! I should put some on eBay...

A 27-year-old New York artist has invented something called "invisible art" and she is making millions selling it to people who absolutely must have it.

A documentary team from the Canadian Broadcasting radio network traveled to Lana Newstrom's empty studio to learn more about her art that isn't there.

"Just because you can't see anything, doesn't mean I didn't put hours of work into creating a particular piece," Newstrom told the CBC. "Art is about imagination and that is what my work demands of the people interacting with it. You have to imagine a painting or sculpture is in front of you."

The most amusing aspect of the story is the image of snobby art collectors walking through an empty studio studiously staring at blank walls with track lighting properly illuminating the nothingness on display. Some of the art afficianados actually stop and soak in the lack of art that is not hanging on the blank wall and tilt their heads in a deeply thoughtful way as if to project their profound understanding of the message sent by the brilliant young artist and her stunning ability to not create anything.

Newstrom's agent, who is undoubtedly raking in a nice commission by his client's ability to not do anything, says, "When she describes what you can't see, you begin to realize why one of her invisible works can fetch upwards of a million dollars." (Source)

This is not an original idea, however. As I was posting, I remembered this post from 2011 about invisible art. Some of our own Jawas were able to create new and impressive invisible art.

Incidentally, if any publishers out there are looking for some incredible invisible novels, I also have a few of them lying around.

By DMartyr at 10:57 AM | Comments |