Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Charlie Rubin
July 12 2012
Using traditional modes of photography such as portraiture, landscape, and still-life, my work flows through a variety of subject matters. These photographs get at the vernacular of everyday objects in different cultures and spaces. Although the final output is eclectic, my shooting style, editing process, and mixed media tactic produces a unique visual language of vibrance, color and deadpan aesthetic that threads all of the work together. Utilizing various methods of presentation such as bookmaking and unconventional hanging of the work, these every-day observations re-contextualize familiar scenes and present new and complex visual relationships for the viewer to explore. These explorations of the real serve as paramount aspects of my projects; however, the result is also fantasy-like and always has some poetic instinct as its underlying motivation. My practice is rooted in historical traditions such as expressionism, photomontage and classic American photographers like Lee Freidlander and Stephen Shore, but also has the clear influence of current practitioners as well, such as Roe Ethridge and Wolfgang Tillmans.
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