Photomontage

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Photomontage - Problems of Depiction

Humans do not look at a scene in fixed steadiness; instead, the eyes move around, locating interesting parts of the scene and building up a mental, three-dimensional 'map' corresponding to the scene. Ross Kelly's layered cityscapes are clearly derivative of David Hockney's Polaroid constructions (see "Pearblossom Highway") from the early to mid-1980s. His purpose was to expand the width and depth of the scene through multiple viewpoints. He was to return to this same "bigger picture" theme recently in massive, multiple canvas paintings such as "Arrival of Spring in Woldgate", which is 12 feet X 32 feet and composed of 32 separate canvases. The mix of multiple perspectives, a fluid focal point, and balancing of stability and change allow the viewer to wander a painting that simultaneously pulls things apart while
also holding it together.

Edward Carson more than 1 year ago

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