Monday, June 22, 2009

Unreal reality

Intimidated by the camera's precise documentation of reality, painting has moved away from figurativism. Now it seems contemporary photography is following the same trajectory. I am not sure if it is the need of artistic expression, or it's just simply boring to record things as they are. But I found these photographs really fascinating.

Ovilo Barbieri uses tilt-shift lenses to make real things look like models, defamiliarizing the familiar, such as the Colosseum, Times Square, and Las Vagas...

James Casebere builds table-size models and photographs them in his studio. His sources span from suburban homes to abstract architectural spaces.

Laurie Simmons also constructs models and dolls to represent the surreal American suburban life.

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