POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Ivan Navarro, Nowhere Man 1, 2009, florescent lights, metal fixtures, and electric energy. 66 x 77 inches Galerie Daniel Templon. Photo AFC
Phillip Niemeyer of Double Triple asked me yesterday why Ivan Navarro’s Nowhere Man 1 [pictured above] isn’t a work of plagiarism. I don’t have a sufficient defense. Spotted at the Armory’s Modern fair last week, the title does not acknowledge its origins which are obviously derived from Otl Aicher’s 1972 Munich Olympics designs. Neither one of us was convinced that rendering the piece in neon sufficiently changed the work. Perhaps there’s a commentor out there though who can better defend the work.
Otl Aicher’s 1972 Munich Olympics designs