For this project I will attempt to preside my concept of photograph remnants of shredded images. These color photographs will portray a detailed close up of shredded paper pieces. Each individual color photograph will be part of a series of varying images.The unifying theme of the Shredded Series will be the images I select to shred. My selected images will be appropriated from the Western European art canon and from popular art movements throughout art history. Prominent artworks in varying medium such as Michelangelo’s David, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night will be “shredded” as part of my photographic composition. My selection of these aforementioned artworks and the process of shredding these images will be integral to my objective of creating a newly configured art history.
“The Shredded Series ” comments on multiple themes of Eurocentricity of art history and the commercialization of art. Each photograph within the series aims to catalog my appropriation and eventual deconstruction –literally and metaphorically – of prominent artworks throughout history. A primary motivation behind my selection of this specific imagery is due to its popularity and perverseness. From the laymen to the scholar, artworks that have been mass consumed and commercialized become part of both art history and popular culture. Therefore, my shredding of these images recalls, recognizes, and reforms these original artworks. The act of shredding a well-known cultural image results in a semi-familiar image within an unfamiliar space and new form. With this familiarity I am trying to create an instantaneous relationship with the viewer. The recognizable image allows accessibility for the viewer to recall the popular artwork, and although the viewer will ultimately want to reform the image to its original image in a state of gestaltism this process is also a part of the objective of my series.
Essentially, the relationship between the viewer and the state of defined “masterpieces” is an equivalently vital component of this series. I am “curating” certain images to shred; how and why I choose to select certain images to shred versus others will define what artwork I would like to reclaim.
The final color photographs of the Shredded Series will be displayed individually versus diptych or triptych form. The individual representation of these high-resolution color photographs will emphasize the juxtaposing contemporary digital medium versus the Renaissance and modern art forms.The “Shred Series” integrates the sculptural form of the shredded material and art historical occurrences using the digital medium form. Ideally, I would like to create my own nostalgia with this series. The “Shredded Series” serves as a pedagogical tool for both the viewer and myself in understanding the elements within disciplines such as art theory and history, popular culture, commercialization, and technology. Utilizing my past painting and sculptural background I can capitalize on an art past in order to create an imagery that mimics and repositions the familiar.
Appropriation of Mona Lisa #1, Leonardo Da Vinci ©2012
Appropriation of Mona Lisa #3, Leonardo Da Vinci ©2012
Appropriation of Mona Lisa #2, Leonardo Da Vinci ©2012
Appropriation of Mona Lisa #4, Leonardo Da Vinci ©2012
Appropriation The Starry Night #4, Vincent van Gogh ©2012
Appropriation The Starry Night #1, Vincent van Gogh ©2012
Appropriation The Starry Night #2, Vincent van Gogh ©2012
Appropriation The Starry Night #5, Vincent van Gogh ©2012
Appropriation Saturn Devouring his Son #1, Francisco Goya @2012
Appropriation Saturn Devouring his Son #4, Francisco Goya @2012
Appropriation Saturn Devouring his Son #6, Francisco Goya ©2012
Appropriation Saturn Devouring his Son #5, Francisco Goya ©2012