Life is a Beach

The Life is a Beach digital composite is another piece I created for Target Resistance and which uses a lot of different elements from a variety of sources. The background is composed of different sections of an abstract painting on paper and divided digitally. The sun, moon, planes, and compass (far bottom left corner) are all graphic elements from Photoshop as are the targets inside those elements. Continue reading Life is a Beach

Paired Digital Composites: Girl and Boy

These two digital composites are titled simply Girl and Boy because this type of composite is unlikely to be repeated with other boys and girls in the future but I do like the idea of doing commissioned portraiture in this manner. The girl, Evelyn Casey, and the boy, Phillip Sowa, both sat for photographer and sociologist Lewis Hine. Hine is best known for his photographic documentation … Continue reading Paired Digital Composites: Girl and Boy

Target Fear

Target Fear is a digital composite I created to share in the group Target Resistance and includes a black and white photograph from Dorothea Lange and one I arranged and photographed with a digital camera. From Lange’s photograph I took only the two women and applied photography software effects to really simplify their presence. I wanted the protective, or supportive, huddle and for them to … Continue reading Target Fear

Cultural appropriation, go fish.

But oddly enough cultural appropriation is a hot topic in art right now too. In March at the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz’s piece Open Casket (a painting of Emmitt Till based off of photographs taken at his funeral service) caused protests, letter writing, tweets, news articles, opinion pieces, and the buttonholing of several black artists for their thoughts and feelings about the work. Continue reading Cultural appropriation, go fish.

Mad House

An update for Robert Capa’s Mussolini photograph from the early 1940’s, Mad House features Capa’s solitary figure and sidewalk. I’ve added the silhouettes of 4 little boys running in the opposite direction and blurred them to reinforce the concept of movement but which also gives the children’s figures another point of dissimilarity to the grown man. Continue reading Mad House