A Refusal

From the Hyperallergic blog:

About a year ago, a conspicuously inconspicuous blue rectangle appeared amid the usual procession of selfies, news articles, status updates, event notifications, and advertisements in my Facebook feed... The rectangle was part of a project, “A Refusal,” by the early career artist who goes by the deliberately overdetermined name of American Artist. For a period of one year, American posted blue rectangles to his Facebook page in lieu of the photographs he would ordinarily post; the text portion of his status updates was similarly redacted, crossed out in black and unreadable. Viewers, an artist’s statement explained, could only see the actual, un-blue images by arranging to meet the artist in person.

For quite a while I've been engaged in a similar artistic endeavor. However, I've taken it one step further by not posting to Facebook at all. I call my project "An Absence."

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 12, 2016
     Category: Art

I've been following your most recent work on FB Alex and I can only fall back in awe of such talent! Mikey, Raphael, and all the other "old masters" are, truly, looking down upon your work and proclaiming it worthy of The Creator's notice.

Bravo! Bravissimo!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/12/16 at 11:41 AM
I stay away from social media. Except for quality places such WU, I have no use for them.
Posted by KDP on 12/12/16 at 01:02 PM
Alex, I think you should look forward to a visit from my intellectual property lawyer, because I've been creating an exactly identical project from the very first day of Faceb**k's existence. Also, I've been doing the same on Tw*tter, G**gle+, and MySp*ce - not to mention a number of local antisocial networking sites such as *barf*Hyves.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/14/16 at 09:37 AM
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