TMFA started his career in art by saying sorry. He felt that he could not create until he got some things out in the open that surfaced during his intervention from tech mogul to contemporary street artist. “When I finally returned to my cottage from the trip of a lifetime, I concocted a plan to ‘become’ an ‘artist’. A performance artist. A street artist. A fine artist. A famous artist. I wanted it all. And I would use the Internet to do it.” – TMFA
His work contends with what it would look like if Warhol had done work post Internet and smart phones and all the other stuff that is normal to us today. Since TMFA admittedly cannot really paint, he began cutting out images of war and porn and pasting them on top of vintage canvases. He would purchase landscape canvases at the Melrose Flea Market for around $50 each and started going every Sunday to pick up my “materials”. TMFA works everyday in the hopes that his art career can help illuminate and amplify the message that we need to stop making stupid people famous.
The Signature Series by The Most Famous Artist is the collective’s latest embarkation into appropriation art. Although perceived as shallow and obvious by the surface critic, TMFA channel powerful and deep rooted concepts from Dadaism parlayed against the questions and concerns raised about contemporary society, celebrity obsession and the commercialization and monetization of artist and the art market as a whole.
Taking his cue from Duchamp and the DADA movement, The MFA asks the question “What decides, who decides what is art?”. If Richard Price can appropriate Instagram photos of strangers are create value merely by signing them, The MFA inverts the process and takes original paintings and adds the signatures of high profile artists. The viewer must ask the question, which one really has more integrity? Duchamp said art could be defined by the artist as anything he deemed it to be. The Most Famous Artist takes the question one stage further…