The work I have created as a response to the work I’ve analysed below of other artists has taken the inspiration from all three artist below, incorporating shapes, collage and merging multiple images together to produce a completely new image.
Reflecting back on the work I have made so far I would say I’m pretty happy with the experiments I have explored and the end results are how I had originally planned. I have explored the electronic collage and the hand-made style collage and concluded my preference for the flawless effect of computers which allows me to use my own natural imagery and create the concept of combining nature and man-made technological processes.
Looking back on the artist inspiration, I think I have decided on the route I would like to go down as far as final pieces are concerned. The opportunity that my idea provides is one that I feel I could completely absorb myself in as it takes two of my main passions in life and join them together. The idea I’m hinting about is that of designing my own vinyl covers like the work of Matthew Cooper, but rather than simply creating interesting designs introduce a personal aspect into it and only design covers for the music that means the most to me.
This new route for my project will allow me to also experiment with the graphic design aspect of photography that interests me greatly, it creates a new thought process of not just designing for the sake of designing but for a purpose. Vinyl covers, album covers, DVD covers etc are all designed to a) best represent what it covers and b) to be eye-catching to an audience so that in a shop, someone will be drawn to it and eventually buy it.
Sammy Slabbinck is a Belgian artist who creates eye-catching, humorous designs through electronic collages. He combines images, new and old, but in particular cheesy images from the 1950’s from advertisements and magazines. This image above was the first image I saw of Sammy’s work and instantly became hooked on his designs.
The overall effect of Sammy’s work seems to be to portray the humor towards how we see the once modern images of the 1950’s. However, what interests me about his work that would inspire my own images is the idea of collages and how the form of art brings multiple concepts and ideas together to create a new effect. The image above has used the perspective of the road to draw the audiences eyes towards the unusual image that acts as the background. The use of monochrome images mixed with the complimentary colours of the mountains and the landscape that frames the image. He uses this technique throughout his work and the effect it produces explores the similar idea as Monika Traikovs work to combine vintage imagery with modern electronic methods.
For this image, yet again he has made use of 1950 imagery with natural landscapes. He uses the same circular framing that interests me and my work heavily, the snippets of images he uses introduces new colours and intrigue as the images themselves are obscure, not to mention rotated.
Layers of images in circles draws the attention of the viewer towards the centre of the picture like how a spiral would. The image itself is very flat and like a collage should be is very abstract. The fact he uses technology to create collages produces a very sharp and flawless joining of the images, the geometric shapes he uses aids in this.