Bill Durgin’s Nude Figurative Abstractions

New York artist Bill Durgin’s photographs reflect a fascination with the body as form. The complex figurations, undulating arrangements of flesh, as the body seems to collapse onto it self, image an almost abstracted figure lacking appendages and hair. The physical structure becomes not just a shell, but a moving sculpture of skin, muscle, fat, and bone.

The gesture within each photograph is created through exploring his own physical limitations and collaborative improvisation with dancers and performers. Often Durgin will come up with a pose and demonstrate it and then ask the model to repeat or respond to it. Each pose transmogrifies the figure towards abstraction; exaggerating or diminishing the skeletal structure until it approaches an amorphic form. Durgin wants the bodies to be recognized as bodies, but also to be detached from common perceptions of the figure. Bound within each singular view, the uncanny figures convey the body as both abject and marvelous.

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Brandon Wilson’s Scanography

I’m loving this scanographic imagery by Portland based artist, Brandon F. Wilson.¬†While Wilson does not explain his specific process on his website, I like to imagine the artist running through vast landscapes in Oregon, with a large scanner, to create these distorted images. More after the jump!

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Jered Sprecher

Jered Specher’s layered abstractions.

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Vince Contarino’s Abstractions

Really enjoying these precise abstractions by Brooklyn based painter Vince Contarino.

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Kent Michael Smith’s Suspended Geometry

Gestural fluid abstraction and geometric patterns usually don’t well together but Kent Michael Smith has figured out a way to make them live harmoniously on the same surface. By using resin inbetween layers of paint he manages to combine these two disparate forms of mark making that reference Nascar color schematics, hunting gear, camouflage, and graffiti.

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Todd Chilton

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Really really nice geometric abstractions from Chicago dude – Todd Chilton. Thoughtful, painty, very awesome.

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