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Cop-Artist Decides Change Is Good

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by bobobi11, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. bobobi11

    bobobi11 Elite Member

    Joined: Dec 15, 2000 Messages: 2,807 Likes Received: 0
    Cop-Artist Decides Change Is Good

    A S P E N, Colo. — When Police Officer Rick Magnuson created a work of art titled, "I Dare You to Steal This $100," he knew he was asking for trouble.

    The conceptual artwork consisted of a small canvass with a $100 bill tacked to it and was displayed at the Aspen Art Museum.

    "It was up for about a month before somebody had the guts to try to take it," Magnuson remarked. But eventually a clever museum-goer swiped it last Wednesday — and replaced it with five $20 bills.

    At first Magnuson wasn't amused, saying the piece had been defaced and its meaning altered.

    "I thought of my options. I think we determined at the [Police Department] that it was potentially criminal mischief — defacing somebody's art."

    Now the Aspen Police Department community safety officer is more accepting of the prankster's effort.

    "It was kind of a clever thing," Magnuson admitted. "I don't think I want to punish someone for that."

    The incident might help inspire future projects, he said, noting that he considers art his passion in life. Next up, he said, might be a canvass with a razor blade hanging on it, with the title "I Dare You to Slash This."

    As for the $100 question, Magnuson said he knows the perfect place to display it.

    "I might put it in the chief's office," he said.
  2. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    what an ass..
    i bet his art is shit..
  3. shiiiiiiiiiiiiit
    i'd have my attorney all it
    can you say"entrapment"?
  4. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    i actually think the slashing thing is an alright idea...
    just not from a cop ready to wreck the potential of it....
    what an ass...
  5. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 17,017 Likes Received: 178
    replaced it with 5 $20 bills... that's the purest, and most artistic statement of the entire exhibition...
  6. boxcarwilly

    boxcarwilly Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 8, 2000 Messages: 1,288 Likes Received: 0
    dumping 100 dollars in pennies on the scene would have been mildly amusing. it would have made it a little installation-y but what can you do.


    alot can be said about this guys "art" and its relation to graffiti and the buff.

    -discuss amongst yourselves...........
  8. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    "what an ass..
    i bet his art is shit.."- brown

    ...yeah ill second that....nevermind he is kinda biting abbie hoffmans title of his book, "steal this book"...i dunno it was the first thing that crossed my mind...r

    edit cause its a hoff not a hoof......
  9. bobobi11

    bobobi11 Elite Member

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    Mine too, I just thought it unique to see a cop that would even think about an art project like that. I do see it very similar to Hoffman, and I think there are a lot of similarities between this and graffiti.

    For instance, if someone came along and added something to your piece, you would at first be pissed, but upon further study if it was clever and improved upon your original intent, you may see it as a good thing later. Seems like that's what happened here.
  10. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    yeah, I also noticed the titles similarity to Hoffman's but I also thought of this hologram I saw in Santa Fe back in '95... it was a hand that protruded towards the viewer holding a $100 bill, it was SO good, everyone I watched look at it tried to touch the money almost immediately. It was pretty amazing to see people interact with that piece...
  11. dr. frink one

    dr. frink one Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 7, 2001 Messages: 3,638 Likes Received: 1
    such a good point!
    good call mr. lipschitz
  12. dr. frink one

    dr. frink one Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 7, 2001 Messages: 3,638 Likes Received: 1
    just cause it makes so much sense
    en·trap (n-trp)
    tr.v. en·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
    To lure into performing a previously or otherwise uncontemplated illegal act.
  13. my moment

    my moment Member

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  14. AeRoSoL JuNkiE

    AeRoSoL JuNkiE Elite Member

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    then why'd you bump it up buddy?
  15. seppuku

    seppuku Member

    Joined: May 11, 2000 Messages: 718 Likes Received: 0
    bobobi is "condemnded"