Conversations

The grandiose cyber-scapes of California artist Carolyn Janssen colorize a new approach to the sublime. Her mountains, vistas and gullies created from hundreds of images- obfuscated and re-mixed- are populated with hordes of female figures singing in harmony, piled atop one another, and engaging in alien cultural customs…

Chicago Artist Jayson Bimber’s digital collages are comical in their approach to notions of the sacrosanct in both religion and art. His two interrelated series’, Masterpieces and Good is Dead recreate Modern Art masterpieces as well as stories from the Old Testament through the process of collaging material from pornographic and popular magazines. The resulting images search for an exchange between popular art, religion, and pornography…

American artist Peter Leighton’s images transform the mundane scenes of Ecuadorian street life into mystical meditations on the indigenous- both cultural and photographic. The composite imagery of his series, We Are Only Shadows,…

Brooklyn-based photographer Zach Nader prods the possibilities of image-language and perception. As his Counterweight series explores family photographs through digital interventions and obfuscated subject matter…

Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar presents us with fictional top-down views of the urban environment in his project, Squares. These images, constructed of hundreds of different pictures using custom-built photographic…

Danish photographer Peter Funch took to the streets of New York in 2006 to capture life in the city in a different way from street photographers in the past. The decisive construction of the images in Babel Tales shows us stories of impossible possibilities, and portray a real-life fantasy about…

Italian Surrealist Franco Donaggio follows in a long line of artists who’ve investigated the world of dreams. The two projects featured here, Morpheus’ Spaces and Urbis, take two distinct approaches to surrealism in relation to the urban environment….

Kelli Connell’s body of work, Double Life, is now in its twelfth year. During this time we’ve seen the unfolding of an intimate and complex dynamic of a woman’s relationship; defined perhaps as a self-portrait acted out by another…

With her impressionist views of popular cultural landmarks, Corinne Vionnet presents a collective vision of the Tourist. These images from her series, Photo Opportunities, are composed of hundreds of snapshots found on the web, and are carefully combined to represent communal ideas of well-known tourist destinations.

The work of Matthew Swarts can be described as pictures brought back from the dead. As an artist of appropriation, he re-conditions found images through both digital and printing processes. Writing this interview let me to spend a long time thinking about the meaning of images whose intentions have long since been forgotten, and in a sense I’m intrigued by Swarts’ interest in recycling these types of pictures. In the act of re-purposing, he breaths into these images new life and new meaning.