Posts Tagged ‘Appropriation’

After/Before Gursky

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Andreas Gursky’s large-scale color image “Bahrain I” depicts the rolling, visually perplexing route of the Bahrain Formula One racetrack. Gursky, a master of digital manipulation, usually places his lens high above, far away, on cranes, or even on helicopters. His pictures sometimes entail multiple views of the same subject, with different subjects seamlessly spliced together.

In “After/Before Gursky (Bahrain I)” and “After/Before Gursky (Dubai  II)”  I revisited the original sites on Google Earth. Simulating the same camera angle, I took  screen-shots to reveal the amount of Gursky’s digital manipulation.

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Left: Andreas Gursky, Bahrain I
2007
C-print mounted on plexiglas in artist’s frame
120 1/2 x 87 1/4 inches

Right: Hermann Zschiegner, After/Before Gursky (Bahrain I)
2009
Digital C-print
11/14 inches
Edition of 10 $300
16/20 inches
Edition of 5 $500


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Left: Andreas Gursky, Dubai II
2007
C-print mounted on plexiglas in artist’s frame
120 1/2 x 87 1/4 inches

Right: Hermann Zschiegner, After/Before Gursky (Dubai  II)
2009
Digital C-print
11/14 inches
Edition of 10 $300
16/20 inches
Edition of 5
$500

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Cowboys

Monday, July 27th, 2009

25 C-Prints, Acrylic Frames
21/31 Inches
Edition of 3
2008

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Richard Prince‘s ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’ is a copy (the photograph) of a copy (the advertisement) of a myth (the cowboy). My project adds another iteration to this system.

I used Google Image Search to collect every image of Richard Prince’s ‘Untitled (Cowboy)’ I could find online and subsequently had them printed using Kodak’s online printing service on standard 4×6 glossy photo paper.

The images are displayed in acrylic box frames coupled together with small binder clips.

This installation view shows 25 out of 52 photos, each unique due to different pixel sizes and various compression settings of the downloaded images.

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25 C-Prints, Acrylic Frames
21/31 Inches
Edition of 3 $850

Thirtyfour Parkinglots (book)

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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This self-published booklet is the first in a series of limited edition books dealing with photography in the age of Google image search. This one is homage to Ed Ruscha’sThirtyfour Parking Lots‘ originally published in 1967.

The original book contains 34 areal views of empty parking lots taken by areal photographer Art Alanis. The aerials were taken during a one-and-a-half-hour shoot on a Sunday morning, when the lots were empty resulting in a survey of the Los Angeles urban landscape of the late sixties.

Ruscha included a detailed address for all but one parking lot, the only text that accompanied the pictures, thus the book became a roadmap to revisit the original places, transforming the original book into a programmatic device for my project ‘Thirtyfour Parking Lots on Google Earth’.

Copies of the book are available here.

A limited edition (100, numbered & signed) of the book,  including an original print (8×10 in) is available on request.
($200 – Last copies!)

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From: Various Small Books, MIT Press, 2013
In 2006 Google Earth was released for Mac operating systems. The year before Ruscha’s Then & Now: Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004 had been published. Prior to that the musical provocateur Danger Mouse had produced the mash-up album The Gray Album using a-capella vocals from rapper Jay-Z’s The Black Album and samples from the Beatles’ The White Album. Technological capability complemented a culture of historicity and remixing. Throw in the advent of Blurb’s online print-on-demand self-publishing service, and Hermann Zschiegner had all of the necessary elements for conceptualizing a new version of Ruscha’s Thirtyfour Parking Lots. The prototype included addresses for each of the subjects depicted; it was only left to the 21st century replicator to input these coordinates into the software, and a new image of the location was produced. Zschiegner’s book strives to be as true to the original as possible, although he has maintained a number of artifacts of the digital production process: the photographs have not been rotated to match the orientation of the originals, and the book is printed in color. Additionally, Ruscha described one of the sites as merely “Unidentified Lot, Reseda.” Nodding to this lacuna, the corresponding spread is left empty here.

The Southern California cityscape has changed considerably in the intervening decades; it is apposite that the modes of production and distribution of pictorial imagery have also been transformed. Google Earth superimposes visual data accumulated from a variety of sources including satellite and aerial photography. Pursuant to this collagist method of pictorial modeling, Zschiegner’s book registers some of the seams in what otherwise seems a totalizing technological gaze, places in which incompatible perspectives converge on the same topography.

–Phil Taylor

Levine & Walker – Book

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Inches
30 pages, unpaginated, perfect bound

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On July 24th 2008 I did a Google image search using +walker evans +sherrie levine as my search parameter. This book is a collection of all twenty-six images of Allie Mae Burroughs, the most famous of the Evans photos of the Burroughs family that I could find on that day.

They are positioned to match the original print with any whitespace around the image representing the cropped area of the reproduced picture.

File size, pixel aspect ratio and URL of all images are included as a frame of reference. It is only in reading the file names that we can identify if the reproduced image is a Levine or an Evans.

You can purchase copies of the book here.

A limited edition (100, numbered & signed) of the book,  including an original print (8×10 in) is available on request.
($100)

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This Book Should

Friday, July 24th, 2009

7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Inches
30 pages, unpaginated, perfect bound

Homage to Jonathan Monk, taking his Artist’s book “Cover Version” which features a selection of seminal publications from his extensive collection of books as a departure point to re- contextualize my own collection of artists’ books while referencing his ‘This painting should ideally be hung…‘ series.

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Book available here.

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