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Painted Memes Are a Classy Look Back at Internet Comedy

For A More Civilized Age

Memes are a modern art form. I don’t mean that in the sense of spilled soup cans displayed at the MoMA or Marina Abromovic staring people in the face for hours on end (though if that art is your cup of tea, power to you), but rather I mean it in the sense that it is a medium that is thoroughly linked to the current internet culture.

So it only makes sense that Laura Kaelin would make a Tumblr full of memes rendered as actual works of art– in full painted-on-canvas glory. Her blog is called Bejameme. Kaelin named her blog for Walter Benjamin: the German author of “The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, a commentary penned in 1936 about the dawn of photography and how it would affect the art world. Considering the concept of her project, the name could not be more apt.

Check out her work on her blog and in this gallery, and tell us what you think about these unconventional paintings in the comments.

(via The Daily Dot)

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