PART 1: THE CONSTRUCTED IMAGE
Project 1: The origins of photomontage
'Coalition', the theme for this part of assignment 1, was inspired by the current political climate. Following on from the shock of Brexit, the Americans chose Donald Trump to be their president, despite apparent interference from the Russians, and the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, scraped past the finishing post to remain in power, with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. These unpredictable times have starred a variety of political adversaries, who have many opposing views. The outsider often sees these figures portrayed separately in the media, and depending on the media's political preference will determine what sound-bytes the viewer hears. I was intrigued to explore how their images could be merged together to create one entity, which focuses more closely on them as individuals rather than parties.
Berlin-based artist Michel Lamoller had developed a way of layering time-lapse photographs to create either a sculpture or a new 2D image.
Lamoller's subjects melt into their surroundings, with only certain parts of them remaining visible. He takes around 10 photographs of a particular place, with each photograph showing a particular change in the scene.
In 1964, Belgian surrealist, René Magritte, painted 'The Son of Man' (below, left). It is a portrait of a man in a bowler hat, red tie and dark blue overcoat. He is standing in front of a low wall, which holds back the sea in the background. Overhead is a cloudy sky. The most distinctive feature of this oil painting is the green apple, which partly obscures the subject's face. His left eye can just be seen peering at the viewer from behind the fruit. The title, 'Son of Man', together with the apple, give the work of art a religious reference to Adam in the Garden of Eden.