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Sunday, 20 May 2012 17:41

I would like to start this post by congratulating my mother, Cheryl Parsons on a successful show. If you are wondering, I was not in the show, but I will admit that it is always an interesting experience with some very talented artists.  I am writing this post today to discuss two artists' work that I purchased yesterday at the show. I have been thinking more and more about my purchases, and I feel that I need to get these thoughts down in words and out to whomever is actually reading this.

The first artist's work I wish to discuss is Pat Little:

Patt Little Images 

Pat Little Images

Little's work caught my attention with it's dynamism.  He is a photographer who produces these images through a very specific process and reproduces them in various formats including rather large glicee prints.  I was unimpressed by these large prints as they became pixelated and could possibly benefit from a glossier varnish.  I did however purchase the above two prints at a smaller size.  Before I discuss why, I would like to share with you his process as copied from his brochure:

Process: I use a computer driven turntable that I precisely control.  I put my subject on the turntable and program it to rotate in exact motions from .09 to .180 degrees. Each time my subject is moved, I photograph it.  The end result is between 2000 and 6000 separate images that give me a 360 degree view of the subject.  I then crop out one row of pixels from the exact same spot in each of the 2000 pictures. Each pixel-thin row is then stacked on top of one another in shooting order and compressed into one image. 

The above two images are of a lilac requiring 1978 photos and a rose requiring 1561 photos. What is interesting is the dynamism and the science behind these pieces.  The process requires a slicing and recombining in a fashion that reminds me of gene mapping or slicing. This scientifically inspired process results in a re-manufactured view of a once recognizable subject.  I could go on about this, but I would like to also describe the other artist while I have a few moments to write this.

The other artworks Ashlee and I purchased were from John Charbonneau (forgive me but he ironically does not have a website):

John Charbonneau

I say ironically, because his work consists of digital photos with a combination of digital painting and digital montage. His work is mostly in this toned down color palette with these satirical bird-headed people.  The scenes provide a rich fantasy world of his creation that utilizes the digital media in a fantastic way.  I feel that his work was appealing if you are willing to suspend your preconceptions as to what "fine art" is.  Many onlookers questioned his process as art because they don't understand digital painting.  They are expecting a "one of a kind" piece, but these are treated the same as if you were buying a piece of photography. 

What caught my attention was the inventiveness and the skill with which this artist was able to stitch together his scenes.  I envied his eye to detail and consistency of style, elements that I struggle to get out of my students' photoshop projects.  I feel that I was drawn to his work for many of the same reasons I was drawn to Little's work described above, because his process integrated a new technological approach delivering a unique, artistic view.