Aberrations, Anomalies and Others
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.
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.
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.
11 x 11 inches image size
13.25 x 13.25 x 1 inches framed
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