Artist Mary Lum strolls around the city photographing the urban environment—buildings, railings, stairwells, and other architectural details. She then deconstructs these photos and collages them with acrylic paint, creating dynamic, unique spaces for viewers to occupy and explore. At the deCordova Biennial, Lum’s images left me feeling both exhilarated and disoriented, as though I were in a dream where the environment was familiar, yet not quite right. What is fact and what is fiction?
This A Level Art sketchbook page by Nikau Hindin shows an analysis of paintings by Janet Fish. The bottom left image is a photocopy; the top right image is an acrylic copy of part of the painting (there is rarely any need for students to slavishly replicate an entire painting – a small portion is enough for students to gain an understanding of the techniques and processes used).
Extracts of Local Distance: Countless fragments of existing architectural photography are merged into multilayered shapes. The resulting collages introduce a third abstract point of view next to the original ones of architect and photographer.