Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel (b. 1978) is a digital artist who lives in Brooklyn. His work deals predominantly with images and objects (particularly retro technological ones) from popular culture that he alters digitally. He has garnered the most recognition for his pieces involving cartridge hacks of old school Nintendo games such as his piece entitled Super Mario Clouds (a detail of which served as March 2009’s Artforum cover).

There are examinations of interesting media appropriation issues in Arcangel’s work, but the quality that struck me the most was how fun, silly, and irreverent they are. Would an artist who has a piece entitiled I Shot Andy Warhol in which targets in the shooting game “Hogan’s Alley” have been replaced by images of Flavor Flav, Andy Warhol, and Pope John Paul II not want his work to have these qualities? At the very least, I Shot Andy Warhol is an appropriate shout out to one of the greats of the Pop genre in which Arcangel works.

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