Friday, May 15, 2009

Makeovers and "Incriminating Evidence"

Once again some posts and assorted labors from Kit Laybourne's Media Concepts Class. Here we delve into the amazing bottomless levels and interactions between Illustrator and Photoshop. First off was an assigment entitled "Incriminating Evidence'-here the idea was to work with the compositing and blending elements of the software to create some funny or ironic (or just plain profound) juxtapositions and to start learning how to "cover one's tracks" so to speak. If you'll notice, I used the elements from my "still life" and worked them into a cityscape that stands right outside The Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater-where I had just finished viewing Guy Debord's rediscovered Situationist Film- "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni" for my Situationist Class (but will get back to that).

The other part of this particular assignment consisted of photo-makeovers. We were instructed to take a pre-existing photo of ourselves and "embellish' it in four different ways either to emphasize eith a design or sequential element. I decided to build a sequence in which my "environment" get increasingly ethereal and populated by
ghosts, mists, and what not. To quote the great Roky Erikson-"If you have ghosts than you have everything."

And then, my grandiosity got the best of me and I trekked over to the Met and was absolutely aghast when they said "C'mon in we just had a wall open up". Me lie?!

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