Views IV: A fine art collection of digital, narrative collage


Views IV is an emotional and digital exploration of commodification using photography, digital collage, and color as modes of expression. The nine-piece set explores various world-‘views’ through figurative line-drawings. Unnatural color effects and iPhone pixelations remind viewers of our own natural ability to shape reality through perception.

Rebound

As in the companion sets, found images from various porn Tumblr and Reddit-type sites are rendered into superimposed, line-drawn subjects. Color-manipulated digital photographs, mostly shot using iOS devices in California, evoke the layered effects of past experience and future expectation upon a living moment. 

Reiteration

Views IV is a collection of works on memory and the moment. The nine digital collages are printed on metal, 11 x 14 inches. $350 each. 

Representation

Monument Views offer a new look

Monument Views at The Women in Games International E3 Party 2017 hosted by Two Bit Circus in downtown Los Angeles. These digital artworks were displayed on 12 inch screens.


Each image is layered with repeated filters, creating an illusion of movement and animation. Three video cycles were included in the displayed art piece. 

Digital moments captured in Views IV 

Views IV is an emotional and digital exploration of commodification using photography, digital collage, and color as modes of expression. The nine-piece set explores various world-‘views’ through figurative line-drawings. Unnatural color effects and iPhone pixelations remind viewers of our own natural ability to shape reality through perception.


As in the companion sets, found images from various porn Tumblr and Reddit-type sites are rendered into superimposed, line-drawn subjects. Color-manipulated digital photographs, mostly shot using iOS devices in California, evoke the layered effects of past experience and future expectation upon a living moment. 


Views IV is a collection of works on memory and the moment. The nine digital collages are printed on metal, 11 x 14 inches. $350 each. 

Views III is a fine art critique on the human experience 


The third movement of the Views collection is focused on dialogue. It is a point/counterpoint exploration of communications, technology, and queer sexually. Images and handwriting create a visual environment where language reveals varying perceptions from viewpoints that may be any assortment of straight to queer, celebratory to predatory, religious to lecherous, or supportive to radical. 



These narrative landscapes are physically layered over ink paintings, raised by just a few centimeters. Duality is present in all the works, which seem to argue with one another on symbolism and meaning. 


This hybrid reality recalls the layered existence of queer masculinity. The paintings explore the objectification of the human experience, using a visual language of power, light, and sexuality. The encounters—from online comments to locker room glances—are recognizable to a contemporary audience because they are harvested from our post digital reality. 
Each of the works is paired with its cut companion piece, offering an attempt to reconstruct context, while simultaneously emphasizing the solitary nature of holding a single view. 


There are three sizes of works in Views III: 10 x 10, 12 x 18, and 18 x 24. They are all acrylic ink and sharpie pen layered beneath hand-written, internet-based, narrative poetry. 

Anatomy of a Smile 


When Lynne and I met, we spoke about our process, our mediums, and our interests. Right away, we narrowed our scope to ‘happiness.’ I remember she said, “Everything I see right now is a reaction to the negativity in our world; wouldn’t it be amazing to create something that inspired happiness?”
As we explored the things that make us happy, we realized that our smiles, and the smiles of others, hold a great deal of power. Anatomy of a Smile and Smile Reconstructed are outward expressions of happiness, cut piece by piece in the evolution of a breaking smile.


Anatomy of a Smile was a challenge to both our skills, requiring a great deal of planning and focus to render drawings that would eventually animate in Smile Reconstructed. We purposefully chose animation and video as an extension of our digital and hand rendered works because we wanted to challenge the potential of our craft. Both animation and video are relatively new both of us, allowing us to flex both our traditional and forward-facing artistic skills.

Anatomy of a Smile and the companion video piece, Smile Reconstructed, are 36 hand drawn, painted, or digitally rendered images of our smiles. Lynne McDaniels painted in oil and drew charcoal images of my face. I drew and rendered images of Lynne’s smile. Each piece of the set is 4 x 6 inches, pinned as specimens to the wall. Smile Reconstructed animates the smiles, highlighting the physical expression of happiness.