Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are just two of over 100 celebrities who fell foul of the hacker who recently posted nude images of them on 4chan.
But little did Lawrence and Upton think those images would transpose from being pasted over the internet, which is bad enough, to a public art exhibition at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom in St. Petersburg, Florida. The exhibit, compiled by an artist known as XVALA, is called “No Delete.”
Cory Allen, who runs things at the showroom, spoke to Fox News about the project, which he said has been in progress for nearly two years.
“This show has been in the works for about two years now. When this came out…about Jennifer Lawrence [and] Kate Upton, it was the prefect dialogue. It was about invasion of privacy—and [the artist] thought it would be the perfect time to add these as a final installment to [the collection].”
Nevertheless, it is well known that reps for both Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, among other stars, have said that major legal action is planned for anyone who tries to use the image for any purpose.
While a rep for Lawrence told reporters, “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” a rep for Upton publicist said, “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”
The question is, how will Cory Allen get away with featuring them in his art exhibition?
This question was put to the art enthusiast.
“We’re not posting them… and we don’t see them as photos. [The artist] sees it as art. He’s not trying to exploit anything. He’s basically just mirroring who we are today. I think if he was really concerned and too worried about the legality side of it, it would challenge the integrity of the art. We’re not sharing the photos; we’re not posting them; we’re not trying to promote that aspect of it. He is creating the artwork from these images. There are also other images [in the exhibit].”
The artist involved in the project is no stranger to controversy when it comes to Hollywood celebrities and singers.
Back in 2007, XVALA notoriously took photos of Britney Spears shaving her head, and in 2011 he plastered Scarlett Johansson’s leaked nude pictures around Los Angeles with the words “Fear Google” covering her body.
It remains to be seen what, if any, action will be taken by Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton if their nude images are used at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom, but no doubt such a thing won’t be taken lightly be the legal representatives of the two women.