Christy Lee Rogers reshapes the boundaries between contemporary photography and painting, with her series Reckless Unbound. While provoking the audience with vivacious movements and purpose, she also stirs the viewer’s memories of baroque painter Pieter Paul Rubens and his Massacre of the Innocents.
Without the use of post-production manipulation, Rogers’ works are made in-camera, on the spot, in water and at night. She applies her technique to bodies submerged in water during tropical nights in Hawaii. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colours and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigour and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.
Art meets photography in this brilliant set. Walsh notes:
“This space is created through drawing, which I see as fundamental in establishing a world the viewer can engage with. Drawing allows me to make human pictorial decisions instead of relying on the mechanical eye of a camera or software package. This process is open ended and changes from one painting to the next. Whilst I employ a variety of perspectival strategies, these methods are not fixed or rigid in their application.”-
Take a look at the shots and then scroll down, let me know if you got it right.
Well, they aren’t taken with any camera, because they’re paintings!
Born in Motreal, Canada, in 1971, Mr de Graaf currently lives and works in Oka, Quebec, where he works for hours on end in almost total isolation to complete his intricate pieces.
He first photographs his still life compositions, before drawing them on to canvas with pencil then painstakingly recreating the images - coloured by his own interpretation - with acrylic paints over many days.
Though these images may seem like your average, recycled headshot of a classic star, they are, in fact, oil paintings made up of thousands of portraits of another established individual. Korean artist Kim Dong Yoo paints multidimensional portraits of iconic figures, from Michael Jackson and Madonna to John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein, comprised of various well-known individuals. Each of the subjects that make up the primary celebrity’s portrait has some sort of connection to the larger picture, whether they be an affirming or oppositional individual.
Using the leading stars of the Oscar-winning film Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn’s visage materializes from the meticulously painted and evenly aligned, numerous Gregory Peck portraits. What’s absolutely remarkable about each of the artist’s pieces is that he hand-paints every one of the thousands of portraits that compose the overall image. There is such a steady repetition of the same picture that they appear like a series of stamps. Instead, the painter sets a grid and uses a reference copy of the portrait at his side to recreate each separate image.
The painter’s diligently executed portraits are currently on display at Hasted Kraeuleter in New York until March 24, 2012. Check out the video, below, that gives a firsthand perspective of the exhibit at its opening reception, especially if you’re not the New York area.