I make sport sometimes of pointing out coincidentally similar artworks and ideas, but I empathize with such artists, suddenly realizing there’s an oeuvre overlap. It’s hard to stake out a creative territory for oneself and ever be truly certain that it isn’t already occupied by somebody else. (See: In Six Moves, footnote #2)
Most likely, one or the other got there first, but that doesn’t always count for much. Free markets are random and capricious about giving credit where credit is due. (Likewise for money, attention, love, respect…) Finding yourself in direct competition with a doppelganger raises the stakes in ways that are probably unpleasant for both parties.
That said, if your chosen medium is glass beads and you’ve made sculptures of consumer packaging, then there’s a high probability that some of the same brands will be depicted by both you and your doppelganger.
(More about each of these two artists, after the fold…) [Read more…]