Image of the Day June 22
Artist Turns Internet Memes Into Oil Paintings

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How long does a meme last, really?

It all depends: in a way, Charlie Bit My Finger will always be with us. But when was the last time you thought about the Techno Viking?

Artist Lauren Kaelin is bringing a bit more permanence to some well-known memes with her oil paintings of subjects like Psy, Antoine Dodson and the Ermahgerd! girl.

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On her Tumblr, Benjameme, she shares her works of art based on online sensations.

The site is named after Walter Benjamin, an art theorist who thought that reproductions of artworks degraded the value of the original.

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Kaelin's work kind of goes in the other direction. By turning something she says is by definition "reproducible, shareable and recognizable" into a unique work of original art, she creates a new kind of value.

You can see more of her work at LaurenKaelin.com.

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Via ABC News

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