The Art Question

The whole digital composite is pictured below.
The 3 figures in the foreground and the man in the middle space are from a busy street scene captured in Ohio by photographer Ben Shahn. I added texture to some of the men’s clothes with photography software and colored all of their outfits by hand. The headline of the paper (which was probably The Plain Dealer or The Columbus Dispatch) was removed to provide space for the reaction to examples of modern art that would have been pretty common in the heartland between 1935 and 1950. It’s also the reason behind the name of this digital composite.


The background of The Art Question occupies a great deal of the total image and contains 2 pieces of work as well as some white and gray spaces to give the illusion that the background image is actually occupying a physical space like a painting hanging in a museum. The foreground of the art inside The Art Question contains a copy of a charcoal drawing I drew a couple of years ago but which I’ve always liked, probably due to the haughty angle of the model’s head. The abstract, in the background of the background, belongs to one of two series of colorful, digitally altered, extreme close up photographs of paint that I named Acrylic Grotesque. Acrylic Grotesque Series B and C are completed and currently there is no plan for Series D.