INDIVIDUAL BOOTLEGS (by last name): A B C D EF G HI JKL M NO PQ R S TUV WXYZ
The Bootlegs are unauthorized copies of artworks by more than 100 different contemporary artists. The series includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, collage, and video. Most of the paintings are created using a combination of collage and acrylic paint. This allows me to reproduce them quickly while maintaining the look of a hand-painted picture. The works are created in open editions -- when I sell out of a particular design, I make more.
I started the project in 2001, setting up a small stand on 24th St. in New York's Chelsea gallery district. Like a sidewalk vendor of counterfeit handbags, I sold my Bootlegs at prices far below those charged by the "legitimate" dealers nearby. After a few years on 24th Street, I began travelling and setting up outside of art fairs and other art word events (notably the 2004 Whitney Biennial, where I sold Bootleg versions of pieces in the exhibition). In the early years these installations/performances/sales were usually guerilla interventions, but eventually I began to be invited to sell my work at venues including the Scope Art Fairs, ArtLA, GEISAI Miami, The Nova Art Fair (now Verge), Flash Art Fairs (Italy), the Whitney Museum, MUSAC (Spain), and the Centre' d'Art Santa Monica (Spain) and manned small displays at Art Basel (Miami and Switzerland), Frieze, and The Armory Show. The Bootlegs have also been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibtions in the US and Europe.
I've met many of the artists I've copied while I've been out selling paintings on the street. Most of them have been supportive and only a few artists have demanded that I stop selling my Bootleg versions of their work (their images have been blurred on my web site). I haven't had any serious legal trouble, although an art dealer did call the police on me in 2005 (I wasn't copying the work of any of his artists -- he was just angry that I had a rent-free location in Chelsea). I had to pack up for the day, but avoided arrest or confiscation of my work. I filled out the paperwork necessary to become a licensed vendor and was soon back on the streets, and eventually the gallerist apologized.
To view individual works, please follow the links below. I am no longer selling Bootlegs on the street, but most of the works are still available for purchase - please for more information on pricing and availability of these works. Recently, I have been working on a series of Art Recreations that more closely mimic the works they are based on (often works of 60's Conceptual Art) than the Bootlegs.