Internet Art History

That Iconic Photo of Shrek's Head Carved Out of a Melon Needs Revisiting

So we got Joel Golby to dive into it.

by VICE Staff
19 June 2019, 4:01am

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Traditionally, only a select group of people could define something as "art". Gallerists, the art school elite, those high-minded European aesthetes who didn't seem to do much besides wearing thin scarves at Mayfair private views. But it's not the 1970s anymore! If you think something is art, it is!

Case in point: the many images to have been posted online that make you feel something; that make you react emotionally and maybe even physically. Because what is art if not an image that moves you in some way?

Remember that photo of a melon carved into the shape of Shrek's head? The one taken on a cruise ship's breakfast buffet? That photo moved VICE contributor Joel Golby so profoundly that he's done a video about it, the second in a new series – Internet Art History – where we take a deep-dive into some of the most iconic images ever posted online.

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.