The Evolution Of The Attractive Student Stock Photo Through The Art Of Parker Ito

newjpegs-013 IMG_0423 tumblr_lxrwumYzxs1qdo6i2pyramidd_bg_goodWe are all familiar with the attractive female student stock photo, right? It is everywhere,
and it has been everywhere for the last few years. Net Artist Parker Ito appropriates the     infamous stock photo and turns it into multiple works of art. The hilarious implementation of paint, animation and text creates a series of works that ridicule the stock photo ideal. Ito is not really after our attractive model here, however, it seems as he is trying to defame or degrade, and make fun of the ridiculous archetypes that reign over stock photography.

The avid web surfer and culture mixer, creates videos, paintings and sculpture out of popular images in internet culture; he does so with  materials not typically associated with art production (highly reflective 3M Scotch-lite fabric, automotive flip flop paint and a top layer of vinyl over some paintings). He has described some of his works as stand-ins for paintings claiming that the real artwork is the iPhone pic posted by someone else. Ito’s practice is one of high activity and high volume: ”I heard that Picasso made around 250,000 works in his lifetime. I could make that many jpegs in 5 years. And when I say 5 years, I mean 5 minutes.” (via Steve Turner Contemporary)

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Curtis Mann Bleached Photographs

Curtis Mann is a destroyer. In the world of contemporary photography, there are very few who venture into the realm of the beauty in destruction.  Mann’s technique involves bleaching C-Prints with certain areas masked out to avoid the manipulation of chemistry. Curtis finds thousands of photographs based on keywords of Middle Eastern wars, poverty and snapshots and tries to break the original photographer’s intention of conveying reality based recordings of events. While photojournalism has always yielded stoic and objective artforms, Mann reasserts the ability to place yourself in the middle of the chaos. Read More >


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