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Wk 3 - Dig Tech Artists who employ photoshop for graphic editing

This week we have been looking at various photographic elements used by artists.  The artists who caught my attention were Pat Brassingtion and Yasumasa Morimura.  There fine art works are really interesting and artistic.  They use a variety of photographic elements to compose their pieces.  They craft a perspective which define their styles.

In class we have been looking at the basic photoshop options such as converting colours, adjusting the colour tones, image clarity etc.  Although the artists i am looking at this week who have advanced skills and techniques i will be looking that their photos from a novice perspective.  Just thought id put that in there (hehe).

Pat Brassington 

An Australian artist who produces surreal pieces which are use photo elements layered on top of each other.  Her current works have been described as "classically provocative and ambiguous in nature; striking, beautiful and superbly loaded.."ARC One.   Her pieces are produced print editions.

Pat Brassington - Madelines 2013
63 x 47 cm pigment print
edition of 8 + 2 AP

I didn't really know how to look at her work, at some pieces i was left wondering 'What am i looking at? or 'Why did she portray this?'.  She took my interest because of this.  Although i have a novice outlook at art, what i did like is her freedom to express herself.  I don't quite connect with her storytelling but her artwork challenges me to delve deeper into the image.

The image i chose was one that i thought had recognizable subject/objects.  The faces caught my attention because they remind me of a face of a 1920s starlet, a silent film actress.  I like how at first glance the faces look to be identical, but if you continue to look at them, you can see that one is smaller and thinner than the other. I wonder too, why there is a space between the two heads and why is it the same distance of the band of the clothing at the bottom of the image. 

Yasumasa Morimura

A Japanese artist who is known for his series of self-portraits based on personal interpretations of images from Western art history.  This was later followed by another series of cultural icons of cinema and Hollywood starts.  He has been worked as a conceptual photographer and filmmaker for more than three decades.  Through extensive use of props, costumes, make-up, and digital manipulation, the artist masterfully transforms himself into recognizable subjects, often from the Western cultural cannon.

Yasumasa uses his reinvention of iconic photographs and art historical masterpieces as a way to challenge the viewer while commenting on Japan's absorption of Western culture. (Luhring Austine)

This recreation is of the victory celebrations, taken on August 15 1945, after news of the immanent Japanese surrender leaked out.

I wonder what Yasumasa wants us to look at, the subjects are at the fore front of our view so they are quite dominating.  He features behind the couple as six other characters. His work showcases the fluidity of his work, each element layered carefully constructed and cropped to ensure that it seems as one piece and not competing with each other.

Yasumasa Morimura
A Requiem: Remembrance Parade/ 1945, USA , 2010
Gelatin silver print
Edition of 7 and 3 artist's proofs 
70 1/8 X 53 1/8 inches
(178 X 135 cm)


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