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Jim Kazanjian

My images are digitally manipulated composites built from photographs I find online. The technique I use could be considered “hyper-collage”. I cobble together pieces from photos I find interesting and feed them into Photoshop. Through a palimpsest-like layering process of adding and subtracting, I gradually blend the various parts together. I am basically manipulating and assembling a disparate array of multiple photographic elements (sometimes more than 50) to produce a single homogenized image. I do not use a camera at any stage in the process.

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My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available. I wade through my archive constantly and search for interesting combinations and relationships. Each new piece I bring to the composition informs the image’s potential direction. It is an iterative and organic process where the end result is many times removed from its origin. I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions.

I’ve chosen photography as a medium because of the cultural misunderstanding that it has a sort of built-in objectivity. This allows me to set up a visual tension within the work, to make it resonate and lure the viewer further inside. My current series is inspired by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and similar authors. I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes these  writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding. In my work, I prefer to use these devices as a means to generate entry points for the viewer. I’m interested in occupying a space where the mundane intersects the strange, and the familiar becomes alien. In a sense, I am attempting to render the sublime.

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Artist Information

Jim Kazanjian was born in Los Angeles, CA. He currently resides and works in Portland, OR. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, CA. He is an established CGI artist in television and computer game production and has been featured in such publications as Esquire Russia, Advanced Photoshop, The Atlantic and Juxtapose. Jim has exhibited his photography across the United States, Europe and Australia since 2008. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. Jim’s surrealistic work is a ‘hyper-collage’ of images sourced from the internet and manipulated to create fantastical worlds of tension and intrigue.

artist website: http://www.kazanjian.net/

Jim Kazanjian was born in Los Angeles, CA. He currently resides and works in Portland, OR. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, CA. He is an established CGI artist in television and computer game production and has been featured in such publications as Esquire Russia, Advanced Photoshop, The Atlantic and Juxtapose. Jim has exhibited his photography across the United States, Europe and Australia since 2008. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. Jim’s surrealistic work is a ‘hyper-collage’ of images sourced from the internet and manipulated to create fantastical worlds of tension and intrigue.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, 1968
Lives and works in Portland, OR.

Education

1992            M.F.A. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1990            B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

Exhibitions

2013    “realiteit”, Four Photography Artists and their Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada
2013   “Temporary Equilibrium”, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR.
2013   “Motion to Light”, SNAP! Orlando, Orlando, FL.
2013   “PhotoSpiva”, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO.
2012   “Anomalies”, Mils Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2012   “Aqua Art Miami”, w/ JGO Gallery, Miami, FL
2012   “Grand Prix de la Découverte”, NoFound Photo Fair, Paris, France
2012   “Connecting”, Chambers@916 Gallery, Portland, OR.
2012   “Illusion”, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
2012   “Fabricated”, Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT.
2011   “Wonder Box”, J-GO Gallery, Park City, UT.
2011   “Decadence & Disarray”, Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA.
2011   “Anomalies”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR. (solo)
2011   “FRESH”, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (online showcase)
2011   “Horizon”, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR. (Curated by Holly Andres)
2011   “SCREENings”, Palais im Zoo, Frankfurt, Germany
2009   “Portland Photography Show”, Jupiter Arts Center, Centralia, WA.
2009   “Aberrations”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR. (solo)
2008   “Aqua Art Miami”, w/ Quality Pictures, Miami, FL
2008   “Shelter”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.
2008   “Untitled”, Pushdot, Portland, OR. (solo)

Awards

2012 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards – Grand Prize Winner, Single Image Category
2012 International Fine Art Photography Award – 3rd Place Experimental
2012 “Illusion”, Center for Fine Art Photography – Directors Honorable Mention
2008 Photolucida – Critical Mass Top 50

Public Collections

Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Paris, France
Center for Fine Art Photography – Fort Collins, Colorado

 

2013   Dijkstra, Jorrit, “Onvoorspelbare Collages”, Shutr Fotomagazine, issue #02-2013, pp. 78-87
2013   Estrada, Pedro, “Aquella casa me inquieta”, DT Magazine, issue #195, April, pp. 36-37
2013   Guilen, Laura Martin, “El Blog”, Pasajes Arquitectura, issue #127, April, p. 7
2013   Perello, Ibarionex, “Adobe Master Class: Photoshop”, Adobe Press, pp. 116-119
2012   Schultz, Brigitte, “Segregation in der Stadt”, Bauwelt, issue #48, Dec., pp. 14-15
2012   Mimic, Dragana, “Galerie: Jim Kazanjian”, Der Bild Bearbeiter, issue #12/2012, Dec., pp. 72-79
2012   Arias, Veronica, “Viviendas Fantasmales”, BG Magazine, issue #70, Nov./Dec., pp. 226-233
2012   Smith, Chris, “Housing a Movement”, UTNE Reader, issue #173, Sept./Oct., pp. 46-49
2012   Jurt, Pascal, “Total Anzestral”, Spex, issue #340, Sept./Oct., pp.128-131
2012   Crisan, Ana Maria, “Alegorii-Aberatii-Fictiuni”, Architectura, issue #637, pp. 40-44
2012   Kazanjian, Jim, “Portfolio – Jim Kazanjian”, Practical Photoshop, issue #12, May, pp. 14-16
2012   Braswell, Molly C., “Untitled (Jim Kazanjian)”, WHOA Magazine, issue #4, Winter, pp. 64-68
2011   Wang, Jianwen, “Entropy of Sorrow”, Bizmode Magazine, Oct. pp. 132-135
2011   Speer, Richard, “Jim Kazanjian”, Willamette Week, August
2011   Bowie, Chas, “À Rebours”, B*IO Rivista, issue #3, July/Aug. pp. 01-02
2011   Kovacs, Chris, “Constructing Deconstruction”, Adore Noir, issue #2, June, pp. 58-63
2011   Izquierdo, Mario, “Extraño Hogar , Doze Magazine, issue #6, June, pp. 125-132
2011   Fres, Yuri, “Jim Kazanjian”, Tinta Magazine, issue #2, June, pp. 44-53
2011   Kazanjian, Jim, “Surrealisme Noir et Blanc”, Advanced Creation Magazine issue #35, May, pp. 50-53
2011   Lohnig, Henrick, “Jim Kazanjian: Treibgut aus dem Internet”, CHIP Foto-Video, March, pp. 112-113
2011   Luetto, Carlo Michelangelo, “Jim Kazanjian”, Carnemag Visual Arts Magazine, issue #7, Feb.
2011   Goulet, Alexandre, “Collages Improbables”, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, issue #381, Jan./Feb., p. 164
2010   Kazanjian, Jim, “Black & White Surrealism”, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, issue #77, pp. 62-65
2010   Zhu, Parri, “Lonely Island in Danger”, Veco Magazine, issue #4, Nov./Dec., pp. 82-88
2010   Tower, Wells, “Executors of Important Energies”, Esquire Russia, issue #52, Feb., pp. 118-131
2008   Row, D.K., “D.K.’s Hot Sheet”, The Oregonian A&E, November 14, p. 34
2008   Chandler, John, “On the Town”, Portland Monthly, September, p.73


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