Vincent Mattina

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This piece by artist Vincent Mattina is named “The Deconstruction of City Hall”. The LA icon is used as the focal point of this piece and is part of his “Lost Angeles” series. Having moved to Los Angeles in the 1990’s his series clearly has a very personal element to it. His inspiration stems from an original photograph of city hall taken in 1959. From this starting point Mattina went to the same location and rephotographed it. He has edited his own photograph, the tip of city hall appearing the same as when the building was first constructed. However, the title of the piece presumably aims to convince the audience that it is in a state of “deconstruction” instead. Mattina states how he explores the “juxtaposition of past and future” and this idea is apparent in his piece. It leaves an element of visual interpretation as to what time period the different elements of this piece stem from. Introduction of other elements in this digital collage are notable through the use of the sea. Mattina also looks at the juxtaposition of the natural and man made, evident in this piece as these large architectural designs appear to rise out of the water. He also introduces the pier, which sits centrally in the piece. What is common with both pieces of architecture is they are both damaged. This brings about a theme of decay. Mattina comments on how much of his work looks at “social concerns” which is important as it makes the audience contemplate what his message may be. His design could suggest the temporary nature of man made objects in contrast to the natural world. Alternatively he could suggest the damaging impact man made designs are having upon the natural world. Overall what I think is best about Mattina’s design is the depth he manages to create. He manages to bring a manufactured setting to life and create a very real looking image.

Photography Practice

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These are a selection of photographs taken during a photography lesson where we were taught to use the DSLR cameras. Focusing on manual settings, looking at sensitivity, aperture, and shutter speed, we aimed to produce a range of in focus images, avoiding blur and over exposure. These photography techiques will become useful for a number of pathways in art and will be neccessary for photographing my own work.

ISO is the cameras sensitivity, an average setting for which should be on 100 to produce high quality photographs. The cameras aperture is how much light is let in to the lense. High aperture is necessary for light places to restrict light, low aperture is necessary for dark places to let more light in. Aperture controls the cameras exposure. Letting light in with low aperture can also be useful for certain types of photography. For portraits, the use of low aperture could be used to slightly blur the background while keeping important facial features in focus, such as the eyes. Shutter speed is the control of the time of exposure. For quick movement a high shutter speed should be used to capture something still. A very low shutter speed may capture an image slightly out of focus, thus creating an impression of movement. Tripods are a very useful tool for focus as they can keep the camera parallel, reduce any chance of camera movement and therefore remove any chance of unwanted distortion of shape.

Photoshop Practice

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This is an example of Photoshop practice. I have played around with one of the photos I took of my box. After putting it in to Photoshop I used the magic lasso tool to crop out the background leaving me with the cube shape. Photoshop is a program I have come to be confident using since I have studied graphic design at A level, therefore I shouldn’t have any issues while creating my digital collage.

Digital Collage Research

This is a collection of images of digital collages. These are pieces of work by artists I have researched that I like. Some of these images may be influential when it comes to producing my digital collage as I may be able to take inspiration from them.

Richard Hamilton

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different? is a remake of an image Hamilton originally created in 1956 as part of his contribution to the group exhibition This is Tomorrow”. The remake of Hamilton’s own work, a piece iconic of British pop art, aimed to illustrate the drastically changed process of producing art in the 90’s.

Just what is it that makes today's homes so different? 1992 by Richard Hamilton 1922-2011

Rachel Noble

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Agy Bukowska

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Larry Carlson

Carlson’s digital collage works are “handmade collages on paper that are digitally altered and made into limted edition chromogenic color prints.”

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith explores unexpected interrelationships between everyday images through surrealist photomontage.

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Vincent Mattina

“Deconstruction of City Hall”

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