—Do you know why I asked you to stay after class, Ryan?
—I'm a little concerned about your art project. The assignment was to paint a portrait of your family, but you turned in a photograph that was digitally altered to look like a painting and printed on 16" x 24" premium canvas with archival ink. Don't get me wrong…the work is exquisite. You can really see the brushstrokes, and it's perfectly stretched and mounted on an easy-to-hang frame. But do you feel comfortable calling this your work?
—Not sure? How about we do a little compare and contrast with Sally's painting. See how sloppy her lines are? How out-of-scale the family dog is? How close the sun is? This is how a 5th grader should paint. Now, look at it next to yours. Everything is perfect…the lighting is spot on, the detail is richly rendered, and there's not a single smear. Do you see what I mean, Ryan?
—Then let me just ask you directly: did you paint this, or did you order it from Canvas Daddy?
—Stonewalling me isn't going to get you off the hook, Ryan. I want you to use your words and explain to me why I shouldn't call your parents and let them know you've been cheating?
—I dunno, but I guess I'd point to Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and say the camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses. Or whatever.
—Me neither, but I'll cut you some slack this time, Ryan. And I'm keeping your print.
Deal #: 2864