Everywhere you turn, people have their noses pressed against a mobile device. Technology is a wonderful and sometimes maddening thing, which is why illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu (whose work we spotted on Co.Create) has made modern-day gadgets the focus of the series Art x Smart. The artist has transformed famous paintings by giving each figure an iPhone, laptop, iPad or other mobile device. It’s not hard to imagine that the crowd in Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte would have their phones in their faces, snapping shots of the lush Parisian retreat to post on Instagram. The moodiness and narrative of Edward Hopper’s Hotel Room has an entirely different feel when we see a phone in the woman’s hand. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles could easily be a bedroom in Brooklyn, thanks to a web of wires on the floor and a MacBook. See historical artworks transformed by tech gadgets in our gallery.
The Card Players, after The Card Players by Paul Cézanne