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Process diary

Jack Poppert

Bradfield Senior College

Artwork title
Artist
HSC year
2014
ARTEXPRESS year
2015
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

An indelible stain on art is the ego, with success often based heavily upon self-promotion. Robert Hughes described art as ‘a cruddy game for the self-aggrandisement of the rich and ignorant, it is a kind of bad but useful business’. My work is both a representation of Hughes’s statement and a criticism of it. The question of what makes an artwork valuable, of the presence of private collectors and their relationship with dignity, recognition and price, has influenced Artist. I have created artificial fame using elements of the art world to embellish the small amounts of truth I started with.

Influencing artists: Dan Flavin, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Tom Friedman