"Girl with a Pearl Earring and an iPhone" after "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer.
(Credit: Kim Dong-Kyu)
Perhaps the real reason Edvard Munch's subject is screaming is a shattered smartphone screen. Maybe Diego Velázquez's Rokeby Venus was just trying to capture a selfie. Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer just wanted to get a really fancy Instagram.
The appearance of modern technology in some of history's best-loved masterpieces allows us to interpret them in a very different way. A project called Art x Smart by Kim Dong-Kyu strips classic art pieces of something of their grandeur, allowing us, perhaps, to connect with the people they depict.
The pieces seem to be urging us (in a lighthearted fashion) to reflect on the impact of technology and how smartphones have changed social interaction. But that's the beauty of art, really: It's open to interpretation.
We also choose to think of the series as a way to look through the years and consider t... [Read more]