|David Byrne and Danielle Spencer
Byrne and Spencer altered photos of corporate signs from Research Triangle Park in North Carolina
“Fallen Rapper Prototypes”
Mixed Media, 2001
Jennings’ proposal to Pez Candy Inc. to make Pez dispensers for deceased rappers Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, and Biggie Smalls.
“Mickey Gas Mask”
Latex rubber and cannibalized gas mask parts, 2001
One in a series of gas masks Barminski created for a multimedia installation titled Filter about self-censorship by the media.
Fabric, fused and machine quilted, 2002
Kijima’s use of commercially printed fabric in her quilts adds new dimension to this traditional craft.
|Andrew J. Epstein
Self Portrait on Prozac
Two-color block print, linoleum, 2000
Mindful of copyright risks, Epstein combined Mickey Mouse with the Ignatz character from Krazy Kat to depict his internal state.
|Michael Hernandez de Luna
Laser Print/U.S. Postage Cancellation, 1996-9
De Luna violates trademark and postal laws with his designs of two pharmaceutical mainstays.
The Sacrifice of Sprout, others
These paintings are part of Detzner’s “Corporate Sacrilege” series, which generated much protest in 2001 from religious sources.
Meet the Residents
LP Cover, 1974
When re-pressing its debut album, the Residents changed the artwork to avoid a lawsuit with Capitol Records.
“Disneyland Memorial Orgy”
Originally published in The Realist in 1967, this poster was turned into a bootleg that sparked a lawsuit from Disney.
Acrylic on mylar, 31″ x 24″, 1991
In this lace-like painting, Aric Obrosey combined three oil-company logos with the shine and shape of an oil spill.
Sewn U.S. currency, 2002
“Mao” is one of a series of 20th century masterpieces that Beldner recreated using U.S currency.
Oil on book covers, 1999-2001
This series of paintings by a successful Canadian artist has sparked legal threats from Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
Four years ago, University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase “Freedom of Expression”–then hired a lawyer to sue for infringment.
Bunnyhop magazine received a cease and desist notice from Simpsons creator Matt Groening for showing his character Binky punching out the Trix rabbit.
“Goofy,” “Mickey,” “Bert,” “Barney,” “Pinky,” “Bart”
Graphite on paper, 2001-2
Thorneycroft had to withdraw this series of drawing from an exhibit in Canada to avoid getting sued.
Starbucks sued comic book artist Kieron Dwyer and forbade him from distributing his parody of its logo.
Heidi Cody created a complete alphabet on light boxes using letters taken from corporate logos.
“Dysfunctional Family Circus”
Cut and paste zine, circa 1992
Since Boling created his zine, parodies of Family Circus panels have become a veritable cottage industry.
“Food Chain Barbie”
The Utah-based artist was sued by Mattel, which claimed that a series of images he posted on the web infringed on its Barbie copyright and trademark.
12-inch/CD cover, 1991
The now-legendary single from Negativland has been a magnet for lawyers.
DeCSS creative works
A court case against DVD hackers has inspired various artworks.
“CD – 2002”
Mixed media, 2002
Doeringer has duplicated every CD in his personal collection and repackaged them in hand-printed, numbered editions.
“The Symbolic Lotus of A Thousand Colonels”
Holt has created a pad of clipart, a ready-to-cut image of a familiar cartoon character, and a handy pair of scissors–all in one.
|Dyke Action Machine“GAP” Campaign et al.
DAM, a public art collaboration, critiques mainstream culture by inserting lesbian images into a recognizable commercial context.
|Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Clare Rojas
White-out and Sharpie on print advertisments
Wright and Rojas, who live in Philadelphia, have been drawing, painting, and screenprinting together since 1996.