Artist intends to display hacked Jennifer Lawrence nudes in Florida art exhibit
A Los Angeles-based artist, known for converting the trash of celebrities into sculptures in order to make a statement about information and the loss of privacy, says he will add the recently leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others to an ongoing art exhibit in Florida.
Jeff Hamilton, who uses the name XVALA, will add the photos to his “No Delete” exhibition opening at the end of October at Cory Allen Contemporary Art, in St. Petersburg , Florida, according to The Independent.
XVALA will print the images on canvas, life-size and unaltered, and show them with his collection of private images he found on Google of celebrities acquired by either hackers or taken by paparazzi.
“In today’s culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual’s privacy has become everyone else’s business,” XVALA explained. “It has become cash for cache.”
Promoter Cory Allen claims, “XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era.”
Lawrence’s attorneys have already called the release of the photos a “flagrant violation of privacy” and have threatened legal action against anyone who shares or promotes the pictures.
It is unknown whether her lawyers will sue to stop the use of her images in the exhibition which would have the effect of providing both the artists and the gallery with more publicity.
[Jennifer Lawrence photo via Shutterstock]