How I became 100 artists: Shea Hembrey on

Posted by: Emily McManus

How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you’re Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself — from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:51)

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  • Blake Wenz commented on Aug 22 2012

    Yun, Technology, Entertainment, Design.
    I enjoyed this very much. Seems very prolific for 2 years of work.

  • a g commented on Feb 27 2012

    Interesting but not terribly original. A more engaging a transportive project is Mariana Tres’ Society for Nebulous Knowledge ( Mr. Hembrey met her and her work at an artist residency prior to coming up with his brilliant idea.

  • Alya Al Saabri commented on Jul 26 2011

    Amazing work!! loved the ideas..i often think i can create different art works by imagining being some one else.

  • Sam Webb commented on Jul 20 2011

    This is very clever, I’d be interested in if you had written this all down, so I could read it and look at the art.

  • Gina Kuettner commented on Jul 14 2011

    What a brilliant mind. I think he’d be very interesting to talk to!

  • Lidia Cámara de la Fuente commented on Jun 24 2011

    Thank you!

  • paile baker commented on Jun 22 2011

    Man has power to do anything whatever they want. Its great to read that one single artist able to do anything. Glad to watch this guys.

  • Yun Wah Lam commented on Jun 17 2011

    I don’t get it. While other TED speakers are working to solve big problems in the world, he spent two years of his life doing… this? For what? To get some cheap laughs at TED?

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