Tweet It’s fascinating how many digital photo printing sites are fighting for a page one google ranking. Why are there so many photo to canvas printing sites? More people have digital cameras and businesses want to make money from this … Read More
Recycling CopiesSome critics find pasticcio dangerous, viewing it as a force that seeks to negate the traditional/ancient genres of art. Why? Put simply: painters paint; Sculptors sculpt. A traditional artist is not likely to learn/use a host of new digital tools in order to create art, when a paintbrush and canvas suffice. Moreover, the traditionalists are troubled by pasticcio’s use of existing images or source material to create new, original artwork. We think it’s ironic the “fine arts”—anchored in the strictest traditional parameters—are the last to embrace the dominant paradigm of this age: recycling copies of the familiar to create a new original. This is one definition of hyperrealism. Who do we thank for this brave new world? Hip Hop and Andy Warhol.
Hip Hop and WarholIn the mid-1970s, a DJ first used two turntables to create new music, blending different existing sourced material, recorded on vinyl records. The New York subculture Hip Hop was born. The originality comes in the combination or the blending of original sourced material rather than creating what is completely new. This New York subculture is now the mainstream. Look at popular music today. You’ll hear previously recorded beats, bass-lines and melodic hooks from past familiar songs, recycled to create a new release. First, because the sourced material has merit (meaning it’s good). Second, because the familiarity of the material creates endearment in the audience. Isn’t this what Andy Warhol did? Recycling copies of the familiar to create a new reality. And the kids go wild. . .
Three Ways to Look at ArtSome people may say there is no art working with copies. We disagree. But then again we are the largest fine art limited edition publisher, printmaker and artisan framer in the world. Our specialty is selling copies of original sourced material. What is art anyway? First, I’ve read art, along with science and philosophy, seeks to order (meaning make sense of) chaos. Second, others might say (new) art seeks to destroy the dominant artistic paradigms or conventions of the past. Third, for many of our customers, art is something to purchase because it goes with their sofa. If you are in the latter referenced group (or any combination of the three for that matter), you might consider our new pasticcio artist, Peggy Weiss. She’s current, just edgy enough, and her artwork would look great over your sofa!
Tweet We think the digital camera might be one of the most significant inventions of all time, particularly, the gazillion megapixel cameras of today. The digital camera didn’t close down photo development sites or put photographers, en masse, out of … Read More
Tweet A close friend of mine once owned an Aston Martin. It was truly a beautiful car. Inside the door sill, on the driver’s side, there was a little personalized plaque that said, “Handbuilt in England for Derek A.” I … Read More
UsWe're quintessentially the new style of American art company: combining the quality and customization of a luxury brand with the value and price of a normal household purchase. We are the largest limited edition fine art publisher, printmaker and artisan framer in the world. This means we do it all: we find the artists and the artwork; we market and recreate the art ourselves. There is no middleman between the artwork and your walls. Our commitment to "Made in the U.S.A." resonates in the artists we promote, mouldings we offer, the glass, matboards, paper and canvas we buy. The ink for our über-green, latex printer is made in Puerto Rico, which is technically not the U.S.A., but really close! We're proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. Enough about us, let's talk about you.
YouGallery Direct makes a special experience for the guests to our site, providing you with all the tools that a gallery curator and an interior designer would covet. This is a new genre of art: hyper-pluralism meets fine art production. You create world class fine art by harnessing -- literally -- millions of images, specifying the size, the medium, and framing options, sent to us in an instant and custom-made for you on the fly. Every image you select is available as framed wall art on paper, canvas art, fine art on acrylic, metal art and even imagery presented on mirror; or, make artwork from your photos. Turn yourself into a work of art™. You can't do that in China. Actually, I don't know of anywhere you can do this. Not even art.com offers the type of granular customization we do, and Gallery Direct is still the lowest price on the web. Not even the online canvas printing services can compete with us: not on price, not on quality, and not on customization. The only thing we might be missing is little plaques on the artwork, "handbuilt for _________ in Austin, Texas."
Tweet Today’s article in the Wall Street Journal entitled The New Rules of Remodeling is a fantastic read, not only because it seems to forecast hope for the U.S. economy, but it also highlights the wherewithal of the American homeowner. … Read More
Tweet Home Theaters. Beautiful Wine Closets. Tuscan-influenced landscapes. Professional Kitchens. Resort Quality Bedding. Professional-looking, fully stocked in-home bars. What does this all mean? People are venturing out less and staying at home more. Duh. The problem with staying home is … Read More
One of the most popular offerings at Gallery Direct is our photo upload service: Turn Yourself into a Work of Art.™
As a standard operating procedure, we have to verify each and every file that is uploaded. This is necessary to make certain the file size is large enough to reproduce the image to the desired size specified by the user. Occasionally, the file size is really small; therefore, we are unable to reproduce it. Other times, we receive copyrighted material, (naughty, naughty), and we then have to contact the customer to say we cannot create the artwork from protected material. Most times, the uploaded files are the users own photographs. We receive these as large files--around 2MB to 20MB--and the user specifies the picture to be recreated as oversized canvas artwork.
As you might imagine, holidays and seasons influence the pictures we receive. Halloween brings many requests for ghoulish artwork, and this Mother's Day season, we're noticing many poignant pix of mom. It’s nice to see so many thoughtful folks out there.
After reviewing thousands of orders for your photos on canvas, we've noticed most of the images look like pictures you might see on someone's facebook page. Gallery Direct recreates artwork from pictures of people with their pets, people kicking it at parties, on vacation, at little league games. You name it, we've recreated it. It's sort of difficult to describe, but internally, we call it a "facebooky" quality. Think about the culture. Facebook is where users post photos of themselves, creating an idealized vision of their lives--their universe, if you will--online.
Social media is changing the way people think about artwork. It's a grassroots style trend, this type of truculent-narcissistic-hyper-reality, influenced by social media and reality television. If everyday people become stars, why shouldn't everyday people become works of art?
Another source shaping the trend of your photo on canvas or as framed artwork is Reality TV, which makes celebrities of everyday people. This coupled with individual-first mantras fueled by Facebook, Twitter, iPhones, and YouTube is creating a new genre of art. Moreover, consciousness-shaping icons such as Oprah Winfrey herald the concept that the greatest sin is to go unnoticed. This is translating into a home fashion trend.
The demographic recreating artwork from personal photos seems to be split 50% women to 50% men. Moreover, based on the subject matter (i.e. what's on the photos), we're looking at a broad mid-twenties to late forties demographic.
One recent image to grace our facility was this beautiful girl wearing gossamer wings. She recreated herself as a 50x50 image. A week after the delivery, we called her to ask her what she thought of her new piece and where it was hanging, etc. The young voice exclaimed "It's hanging in my apartment. I love looking at it! I love it! Thank you!"
Why not have an idealized image of yourself hanging on your walls to coincide with the idealized way you present yourself to the world via facebook? Social media is changing the way people think about artwork. It's a grassroots style trend, this type of truculent-narcissistic-hyper-reality, influenced by social media and reality television. If everyday people become stars, why shouldn’t everyday people become works of art? It makes perfect sense, and the trend is turning out some really great artwork!
Oversized canvas is our number one category for your photos on canvas. I think it's because people shop around online, we have the best quality and price + the $9.99 flat rate shipping encourages very large pieces. If you are going to take the narcissistic plunge, you might consider reproducing your photos as framed art on paper and even mirror, which is something the other providers cannot boast.
Tweet Think about it. When you visit someone’s place for the first time, what’s the first thing you look for? What’s on their walls, of course. It’s human nature. Maybe there are family pictures, heirlooms, hand-me-down art or even whack … Read More