When one of my best friends joins me in viewing works of contemporary art, she always exclaims, “this is art? I could make that.” To which I inevitably respond, “but you didn’t.” A few weeks ago, she decided to prove me wrong. We had recently talked about Agnes Martin, and so inspired, she decided to create her own Agnes Martin work of art. After all, how hard could it be? It’s just straight lines of paint on a blank canvas. She decided to replicate Happy Holiday, a work currently housed in the Tate Modern. In her piece, she, like Agnes Martin, painted fourteen horizontal stripes, alternating white and pink, with the end stripes being a blue shade. I think it looks pretty darn similar, don’t you?
If you want to compare my friend’s effort with the original, here is a link to Agnes Martin’s Happy Holiday: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/martin-happy-holiday-ar00179