This started out as an essay on four paintings by Rochelle Feinstein, an artist whose work I love. It's tricky, funny, smart and angry. She also finds something like the Abramovic Method, which bugs her and me, and uses it to generate work. I took the Abramovic Method, which involves something a bit between EST and ESP and thought about the real, copying, fidelity, plagiarism and celebrity. Plus Big Foot and two fake Vermeers in Washington DC. The essay is weird, additive, hybrid – and also makes me damned glad for The Weeklings which published it, that there is a place to push the boundaries of the form. Also a place where I can write about contemporary art like this. So without further ado (and with video of Lady Gaga naked): The Plagiarist is Present.