works

this and that

Out of my interest in the everyday and small, hidden beauties I have been using magazine pages in my art making for the last year or so. I am particularly interested in the way the images/content from the front and back sides of the page combine when they are backlit.

I am interested in transition; the things that are “between”. In turning a page in a magazine, there is an instant where the images from both sides of the page interact. In creating pieces of art about this interaction, I am not trying to preserve such a moment as much as draw attention to these sorts of small beauties that encapsulate our lives. To quote the book “Unmonumental”, “life is also filled with grace notes, and when those notes become art, they lift our spirits through the modesty of the rendering”.

The combinations are anything from sexy to strange to hilarious. The images are printed large. So far 20×30, but the next set will be even larger in order to emphasize the combinations and allow the viewer to deal with the imagery in a larger than life manner. The images are ironic and beautiful, but my favorite part is that I am documenting something that actually exists. Almost every person that has seen these images has a difficult time identifying their origin. It is usually assumed that I made these combinations in photoshop, which would be a completely different piece, of coarse. I will be having a set of these prints critiqued in the next few weeks and am looking forward to feedback from both the Sculpture and Photo departments.

cascading drawings

I tend to find my subject matter instead of creating it. These drawings bring together and connect images found in magazines. The juxtapositions are unlikely, but believable at the same time since they actually do exist together.

I’m still exploring this trend, but it is important to these drawings that they cascade down the page. Using implied gravity to create interesting balance and make the images “hang” from one another.

Some of the drawings use images from one single magazine, which adds another element/reference point. With a title like “Vogue: March 2002” it marks a time and certain type of culture (i.e. fashion, art, news). As time goes on, the piece becomes further removed, layers of nostalgia are applied. It’s constantly changing. I’m still not sure how important this is to the pieces. Worth considering either way…