I'm not really here to spoil your weekend with The Hard Questions, but I think there's an interesting debate you can have about whether advertising can truly be art. Like, we all have movie posters that we love, but does the idea of trying to sell you something change the nature of art? Does turning an aesthetic into a commodity cheapen it, and if so, what about all the Renaissance art that was commissioned from working artists in order to do just that? Is the Sistine Chapel really any different from Drew Struzan's Indiana Jones posters?

Folks, I don't know. I do, however, know that you can take existing advertisements and transform them into something that's fun and engaging.

That's exactly what artist Jon Burgerman has done with a series of photos called "Head Shots," where he takes the standard action movie poster to its logically violent conclusion while traveling through the subway. It's a pretty fantastic use of the stuff that's already out in public, and you can check out a few of the best ones below.

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

Photo by Jon Burgerman, jonburgerman.com

 

To see more from Burgerman and his yellow Bubblegoose, check out JonBurgerman.com!