Groovin' after Pollock
"The Depthography Group" brings art & performance to life in deeply grooved photo works.
'Depthography' is the brainchild of Robert Munn & Sara Cook. 'Otto' is a friend sitting on the steps of an apartment building. His perfectly detailed image appears to hover simultaneously in front & behind the flat surface of this photograph. In "Otto," a lenticular photograph, the artists combine aspects of film & still photography to create this illusion. Animated by the movement of the viewer, Otto appears to take his hat off in a greeting gesture.
THE DEPTHOGRAPHY GROUP
Gallery: The Proposition
Natural vision is much flatter, relying on the two point perspective of the eyes to define space. The 3-Dimensions in the Depthography photos are created with sandwiched planes, each refracting pieces of information. Seen together through finely grooved (lenticular) surfaces, a carefully delineated three-dimensions emerge.
Courtesy of The Proposition GalleryThe two sometimes work in collaboration with other artists. Included in "The Depthography Group" are Jackie Chang & Dr. Revolt. Both see their art primarily in a street context, but Chang shows three pieces, each with the word EMPIRE printed across the bottom. In a satirical comment, flip imaging turns the Roman Coliseum into an overhead view of a sprawling suburb. The graffiti artist Dr. Revolt tags subway trains, but in the lenticular photo "Train," his graffiti tag floats away from the side of the train & hovers in front of the surface.
These works speak directly to post-Pollock painting. Jackson Pollock dropped continuous fields of paint across the entire canvas, creating a wall of paint that is emphatically flat, pushing the surface forward while simultaneously defining a shallow optical space between interlocking planes of paint & the canvas. In the lenticular photo, flat planes stack in a front to back interlocking perspective that exaggerates a deep space between the surface & back of the image. The refracting flat planes & the movement of the viewer together create an interactive art form like no other.
DECEMBER 3, 2005