ARTIST INSPIRATION- Robert Silvers
Combining groundbreaking digital technology with photography, fine art and a keen imagination, Robert Silvers developed Photomosaic, the innovative and timely idea of pointillism for the digital age. While likened to Chuck Close fragmented portraiture and the brilliant palette of George Seurat Photomosaics are exuberantly coloured montages of tiny digital photographs that blend together to form a larger image of popular appeal.
At first glance, the Photomosaic montage comes into focus within moderate distance, usually an arm’s length away, but upon closer inspection each and every individual photograph or image stands out and becomes readily perceivable. The overall mosaic effect is mesmerising, inviting close observation through the array of subject matter that mirror the main theme or relate it from a unique optical perspective.
Robert Silver’s artistic practice inspired the concept of my major work. The idea of creating an image out of smaller images sparked thoughts of identity. From this thought, I started to wonder about how we are able to create and shape our identity through social media platforms, such as Facebook. I wanted to create a work that posed questions into whether technology can create and/or destroy our sense of identity.
PROJECT WORK CONCEPT
The concept for Assessment 3: Project Work is to explore the possibilities that social media can either create and/or destroy our sense of identity. Applying repetition and variation to my concept lead to the idea of a photography piece that would develop over six canvases. Robert Silver’s influenced me to create these pieces in the Photomosaic practice. Each photo would have a human face underneath them, with each development of the image, the face would become further revealed. The last two photos would begin to reveal an embedded QR Code, reaffirming the concept that we are trapped in technologies grasp. The QR Code decoded would reveal this message “We are what we share”. However, sourcing over 200 photos of people would be nearly impossible in the given time frame. With this in mind, I decided that I would use the profile pictures from Facebook. Utilising people’s display pictures elucidates the notion of how we as a society like to portray ourselves on the internet and to the public.
DAY 1 [20-10-15] :
- Sourced 200-250 profile pictures needed to create a Photomosaic.
- Downloaded a mosaic program ‘Mazaika’.
- Experimented with the program and images.
DAY 2 [21-10-15]:
- Created two of the six Photomosaics.
DAY 3 [23-10-15]:
- Created two more of the Photomosaics (4 in total).
DAY 4 [25-10-15]:
- Downloaded the program ‘Gimp’ (similar to Photoshop).
- Created the QR Code online with the embedded quote.
- Photoshopped the QR Code and Photomosaic together.
- Created final two Photomosaics (6 in total).
DAY 5 [26-10-15]:
- Printed all six Photomosaics at Office Works.