$6,200 is exactly how much the artist, Matthew Griffin, is asking for the pickle/art and if you want to own it, that’s what it’ll cost you.
Titled ‘Pickle’, the thought-provoking artwork belongs to Australian artist Matthew Griffin and is currently on display at the Michael Lett Gallery in Auckland.
The “artwork” consists of a ketchup-smeared pickled cucumber slice out of a McDonald’s cheeseburger stuck to the ceiling of the art gallery it is exhibited in.
The bizarre artwork is being described by the gallery as a deliberately “provocative gesture” designed to question what has value. Moore himself appears to think his creation has decent value, as it comes with a price tag of 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,200).
“Artists aren’t the ones deciding whether something is art is not – they are the ones who make and do things,”Ryan Moore, director of Fine Arts Sydney
Ryan Moore’s gallery represents Griffin.
“Whether something is valuable and meaningful as artwork is the way that we collectively, as a society chooses to use it or talk about it.
As much as this looks like a pickle attached to the ceiling – and there is no artifice there, that is exactly what it is – there is something in the encounter with that as a sculpture or a sculptural gesture,”Ryan Moore
In case you’re wondering, this is an actual pickle slice from a cheeseburger, complete with a sauce that helps it remain glued to the ceiling. It hasn’t decayed at all, so far, although that isn’t surprising, considering it’s from a McDonald’s burger and they seem to last forever without decaying.
Interestingly, if someone decided to pay for the Pickle, they’ll also have to pay an extra $4.44 for a cheeseburger. In exchange, they will receive the expensive pickle slice and instructions to exhibit it in their own home or gallery.
Pickle has gotten a mixed response online, with some people calling it “brilliant” and “genius”, and others describing it as “moronic”.
Personally, I’m with the moronic crowd. How about you?
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