My Chuck Close problem: Scott Blake at TEDxOmaha





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Published on Nov 25, 2013

While best known for his Barcode Art, Scott Blake has created new works that are scandalous, witty, fun, pornographic, humorous and about a thousand other adjectives viewers might use when seeing them for the first time. Blake has exhibited in London, Paris, San Francisco, Vienna, and beyond. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, FHM, and Adbusters magazine have featured his Barcode Art, in addition he was interviewed on ABC World News Tonight, Boing Boing, and Tech TV. The creators of Photoshop recognized his artwork at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, held in the Guggenheim Museum NYC. Blake was commissioned to create custom art for the actress Jane Fonda and Universal Studios theme park. He received a B.F.A from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003.

Scott Blake's talk recounts the story about how he was inspired by an artist, emulated that artist, and was eventually shut down by the same artist. Blake addresses the questions of who owns concepts, who owns techniques, and ultimately, who owns art.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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