Brendan Lott’s hands-off approach to painting

"And They Can No Longer Die; For They Are Like the Angels", Oil on Canvas, 36"x27" 2008

"And They Can No Longer Die; For They Are Like the Angels", Oil on Canvas, 36"x27" 2008

"From the Womb of the Dawn You Will Receive the Dew of Your Youth", Oil on Canvas, 35"x29" 2007

"From the Womb of the Dawn You Will Receive the Dew of Your Youth", Oil on Canvas, 35"x29" 2007

Brendan Lott is a painter, sculptor, and exporter of services. These works (which you can see at San Francisco’s Baer Ridgway Gallery starting Oct. 17) began as an attempt to bring his practice in line with his life as a person living in 21st century America – he has no direct input into the development or manufacture of any product he consumes, other than to consume it. He finally abandoned his studio practice and began to spend his art making time collecting digital snapshots anonymously from peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Out of tens of thousands of snapshots he looks at, he selects just a few and email them to professional painters living in China. They reproduce the image in oils and send the painting back to him. (The above text was adapted from his website’s about page.) I wonder what these Chinese painters think as they’re working on these snapshots in varying degrees of gluttonous “American” fun aside from the fact that they are the extreme opposite of misty mountain ranges and philosophical poets?

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