As I look through Cory Arcangel’s past work and his interviews, I definitely get the feeling that he is a suburbin’ kid from the 90s, who looooved pop culture growing up. And once he became a grown up, decided to produce pop culture content that other kids in the suburb would buy.
Consider his magazine piece “This is All so Crazy,” wherein his art takes the form of a 90s themed pop magazine, but instead of celebrities this piece is solely about him. Which I think is a bit cheeky and cool that he is doing a piece that is explicitly about celebrating himself and the work he has produced.
These two clothing pieces remind me of the clothing brand Supreme, a street ware brand. But in looking at Arcangel’s line, I keep getting this nagging feeling of “what fame or notoriety is he building off of in order to make these very simple and generic clothing pieces.”
While I don’t intend to offend or belittle Aecangel’s art, specifically in regards to the clothing, I just find myself repeatedly wondering where the originality is in his work.