‘Nothing Has Really Changed’: Artist Andrew Kuo’s Famed Instagram Account, @earlboykins, Is Shuttered, Spawns Sequel
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‘Nothing Has Really Changed’: Artist Andrew Kuo’s Famed Instagram Account, @earlboykins, Is Shuttered, Spawns Sequel

Screenshot from @earlboykins2 Instagram account. For the past half-decade or so, the Instagram account @earlboykins, run by the artist and illustrator Andrew Kuo, has provided a reliable stream of visual non-sequiturs, powered by the endless flow of the internet—everything from confused small animals to the absurdist runoff of various forms of popular culture. Last week, the account was removed by Instagram. Shortly after, Kuo started over, under the handle @earlboykins2 . (There is now also a third account— @earlboykins3 —that was created by a daughter of a friend of Kuo.) “First of all, I’m not mad about this at all, [Instagram] makes their terms and conditions very clear,” Kuo told me over the phone recently. The artist operates his account under very specific conceptual guidelines: no photos from friends, no captions, no credits. This can lead to confusion regarding authorship—and, potentially, complaints about his lack of attributions. “I think you just reach a quota of people complaining and then they remove your site,” Kuo said. Shortly after receiving the news, Kuo—who’s had solo shows at Marlborough Contemporary in New York and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee—decided to open a sequel account. “At first I didn’t really have a feeling […]

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