Photocopy your face, recompose your face using parts of each photocopy and tape, stitch, sew, staple the parts, make a scan of the result and post on your blog.
Q: Construction of meaning: Describe, location (actual) and (social), the age, expression of the body (look for information in reference to the country where the photos where taken), light, etc, and articulate the meaning that you think this series has.
Denis Darzacq’s “Hyper” collection includes young adult dancers in typical grocery store corridors to construct different frozen pictures that are superficially impossible to see in the everyday life. The dancers are photographed in the air against bright, colorful aisles of consumer goods in the background, as their bodies are screwed in unusual ways. Darzacq takes inspiration from the brightly colored helmets he saw on the heads of teenagers as they off-road bike in France. He thought these helmets gave the young people a strange sense of energy and super-human quality that was achieved through the unexpected vibrancy. He reflected this idea in his pictures as the young dancers take on wonderful, flying positions, and oppose what is usually seen in the aisles of a grocery store. Flying through an aisle of goods and products gives extraordinary to the regular, and contracts the possible and the expected. Darazcq surprises the viewer who is inclined to suspicion of deception, by delivering an image that actually happened.
Q: Could describe how Teun Hocks makes his photos? Talk about the role of humor in his work?
Teun Hocks’ works are really interesting combinations of pictures and paintings that you will ever see. At first, I thought he uses Photoshop or a similar program in order to bring different pieces of art and pictures together, to get a specific interaction between them. However, I figured out that he takes black and white photographs in his studio and then paints the photographs with transparent oil paint. He describes his work as “Oil on toned gelatin silver-print.” which means he is mixing pictures and oil paint to make a piece that looks unique. Painting on top of the picture enhances the overall appeal of the piece. It makes it hard to understand if it is real or not. Hocks also have an extremely unique sense of humor that emphasizes on the combination of mediums by taking the unusual and finding a way for them to make sense. In this case he provides it through comedic theme. The focus of some of Hocks pieces seems to be this man wearing a suit. This man always seems to be in a precarious situation in a comical way. This adds a comical atmosphere to his work. The interesting thing is that this man in the suit is Hocks, him self. Hocks also use sarcasm in a way that himself being the artist, is also the unique subject in the pictures. Being shown on the canvas and the photos as a whole are usually on the absurd side when it comes to subject matter. In my opinion, Hocks uses humor to make an interesting story. The paintings capture some of the real story behind it and the rest allows the observers to use their imagination to complete the story with their creativity.
This special lion was born with horns on his head. Nobody knew why and there was a couple of researchers trying to figure out the reason behind it. Both the lion’s parents were lions, so there was no doubt about that. The researchers had to put this special lion in to a cage to do more examination. One night, a snake came by to its cage and they started to fight. The snake was not completely inside the cage but it would constantly come in and go back out of it. The lion was getting annoyed and it tried to stop it with his paws. The snake kept doing it and after a while the lion was trying to catch the snake with its paws. The snake ran away, however the lion had bit some of its tail before it went away. The lion had cramps, and stomach aches all night. The next morning when the researchers arrived they figured that the lion was sick and having some abnormal changes in its body. While they were looking all over its body to figure out whats wrong, they saw that its tail turned into a snake. They were shocked as well as the lion. They could not figure out what happened to it and the lion seemed very uncomfortable with the long dangerous tail on his body. Then, the lion thought about the little bite he had the night before and guessed that when it eats something, it gets a minor feature of the thing it eats. After all of the research, the study showed that the lion’s parents were special as well and they also had changes in their body but the changes were not permanent. The features they get only stayed on theır bodies for 5 months.
Q: What do you think are the concerns about the environment and landscape in his work? Narrative? Do you see the influences of Magritte and Escher in his work? Name examples.
Erik Johansson’s work and his visual observations on the environment and landscape clearly expose his views. He shows his disappointment on how humanity is ruining the earth around us to create cities and easier approach for transportation. His pictures show his irritation with roads and how they are damaging the nature. By presenting this all through a naive perspective, he offers the idea that humanity does this with insensitivity, not really understanding how upsetting the consequences could be for the future of our planet. The artist portrays the idea of story in his edited pictures, by displaying that human’s will and can construct the landscapes around them. In the picture on the right, we see a young woman painting and ocean around her that melts into a real ocean. This interpretation shows us the human imagination and how people can create new worlds and new futures.
This piece on the left is a perfect admiration piece to Maurits Cornelis Escher’s self-portrait. Johansson is displaying it in a surrealist style. He modifies the picture to the point where it is a clear reference to Escher, but still an original piece, especially with the difference of the medium.
This piece on the left is a clear reference to René Magritte’s extraordinary surreal paintings with the bright blue sky as well as clouds in the background. It has a very noticeable color pattern that is found in Magritte’s paintings as well as it takes that solid surreal portion.
Q: Define Intertextuality.
“Intertexuality” is defined as the interrelationship between texts, particularly works of literature; the way that similar or related texts influence, reflect, or differ from each other.
Q: In the following case, could you name the original reference in these images (pick 3), and describe how the original text influences (content wise) the new image.
Kehinde Wiley reconstructs old masterpieces while replacing young African American men instead of using the white powerful leaders. All of these images show intertextuality between modern times/ pop culture, and old baroque period works of art. The artist is getting rid of the usual white men, who are in power and replacing them with black men. By doing this, he makes the painting look like an imitation and that’s exactly what he wanted to do. In the new art work- reconstructed, these men are portrayed in a hero’s position, and they are portraying black men of power, great influence and great leaders. However, in today’s society, the same young black men stereotypically are viewed as criminals. Kehinde painted the men wearing modern day clothing. In my opinion, the artist is trying to prove that there are black men who would or could be great leaders and have a lot of influence on our society. Wiley is trying to break the stereotypes for black men.
Q: In the series Drop Dead Gorgeous, what do you think are the links between the objects, gender, and context?
In the series Drop Dead Gorgeous by Daniela Edburg, each image is a short story of death and desire. I believe the links between the objects, gender, and contexts all come together in the idea of consumerism within the female population. By presenting only female models, surrounded by lots of everyday products that are killing them. The artist is observing the overwhelming force of consumerism and how it is killing the way women view products, materials, and themselves. For example, in the image Death by Lifesavers, a young woman is dead in a pool with lifesaver candies around her. This picture questions our relationship with food and beauty. Food is the substance of life, but in the wrong hands can lead to unpleasant situations.
Q: Why do you think the act of erasure / subtraction is used by the artist?
Erasure and Subtraction have been one of the most captivating artistic methods that I have seen. The impact that removal can make is huge and fascinating. By subtracting the most important point in the picture, the artists causes his audience to pay more or close attention to the missing piece rather than what is still there. This allows the viewers to use their imagination to complete the image. In regard to the works of Alexander Apostol and Charles Cohen, we see two different styles of removal and the unusual pieces that are created from it. Cohen’s pieces from his Buff collection use removal by getting rid of the subject of the original picture and giving the taste of isolation. Alexander Apostol’s use of removal is more indirect but equally interesting. In his Residente Pulido collection, he takes pictures of rundown buildings. He subtracts the markings that would give indication of use. He allows the viewer to engage the subject in its pure form.