04.08.11 by Jeff

Shea Hembrey

This is the most incredible TED talk I have seen. Shea Hembrey wanted to stage an international art show so he invented 100 artists and made all of their work too.

Artist Shea Hembrey How I Became 100 Artists Ted Talk

Watch the TED talk below!













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • marky

    he just made a laugh out of conceptual artists..
    podria haber sido interesante, pero solo se quedo en la cargada, y realmente perdio sentido.

  • lapetitefaon

    holy christ, I LOVE THIS! This man is insanely creative, I absolutely LOVE the fish in the bags underwater! And the scratch off masterpieces!

  • Eliaz

    incredible! the creaphrenia!

  • I sort of hope the whole identity he presents at the beginning is a fiction too? Or maybe it’s best if it’s not turtles all the way down and there’s a foundation of humor and warmth and sincerity and play? Anyways: great.

  • I think how the presentation was given more as a stand-up show kind of detracted the beauty of some of the art he created. Although that might have been the point.

  • Magda

    I really liked it because although the art was extremely unique and creative, he gave so much life to these artists! Especially when he introduced the art works like, “This is by _______ they really wanted to achieve _______”
    Although serious, this is also hilarious! Let me tell you, I would have been fooled if I walked into the show.

  • Inge

    This was just delightful! It made my day :-) And the affection with which he tells of these artists and their/his work was wonderful.
    Which made it rather a shock to see all the scathing comments posted by several viewers (on the TED site) who saw it as an empty, hipster cynical satire on the art world. Did anyone else find this surprising?

  • Dude must be an insomniac. How else could he manage to do all this? It’s absolutely great! Everyone should check out his secret drawings on here:

    http://www.sheahembrey.com/wyoming.php

    I wish I get out there and find them.

  • Matt

    Apparently the key to creativity is eating lots of squirrel brains.

  • Andrew

    Great idea. Not sure if it’s applauding or making fun of conceptual art though. Probably both!

  • stephen

    I only saw “head, heart and hand” in a few of these pieces, if any. This video left me with the same question I’m left with looking at a lot of contemporary art which is: Who funded this?

  • gabriele

    This humor is rising up my “head, heart and hand”

  • Great project. I don’t think he is making fun (at least not in a negative way) of conceptual/contemporary art at all (thought there is an obvious sense of comedy). His whole point from the beginning is to make art that he feels is important and meets his ‘criteria’ because other things he saw didn’t. All the art he is making is made because he likes it and feels it is ‘good.’

  • LTT

    I see a lot of problems with this, the biggest problem being that the idea for the project as a whole is a lot more interesting than the work itself. All the artists he has created are making really stereotypical work – the Nigerian artist wrapping trade beads in Dutch wax cloth and binding them? And for all those who view this as “ironic” I would say – watch the video again and then look at his website.

  • David

    A guy called Sonny Smith already did this a while ago with his 100 records project. Essentially the same thing, invented 100 fictional bands and made a ton of records masquerading as those bands.

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