Towering Inferno


Size: 75 H x 35 W x 1 in

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Art Description

Photography: C-type and Digital on Canvas and Paper.

This image was made from a Kodacrome slide painted with toxic household chemicals and then burnt with fire. Not once but twice. The first burning removes the image from the emulsion side of the slide, without burning through. After freezing, the image is burnt back onto the slide, which is something I discovered and found out I could do.It was like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. This transformation of the image was my attempt to make original enviromental photographs that were both beautiful and horrific. I also hoped to achieve something of an impressionistic image because it was Van Goghs use of color and texture that attracted me, like everyone else. Esp after visitng the VG Museum in Amsterdam. The colors are gloriously brilliant and somewhat muted around the edges because of the double burn but I liked the results because of certain buildings painted by Claude Monet.
This work was made back in 1984.After my parents home burnt down and I dug some some slides out of the ashes that were remarkably transformed by the fire and the four seasons effect on them. There is no one else in the world who has done this as far as I understand.
I wanted these images to represent my feelings to the world in a striking and original way.
I am charging so much because after burning thousands of these this is one of the best of the double burn series. A true value for your dollar as well. Along the way I allowed what I thought the spirit of Van Gogh would do if I allowed him to use my body. I will have to dig the original slide from my Archive and make a one of a kind print for you. The smaller ones do exist but this one is very special to me and represents the best of this technique over the 8 years I experimented on this.
This work has been published in some cutting edge photography magazines and won a Bronze Medal at the International Art Competition in NYC back in the 1987. Ivan Karp of OK Harris fame was one of the Jurors..

Keywords: Photography, Altered States, Poison, Electro Magnetic, Air Pollution, Discharge, Environmental, Atmosphere, Meltdown, Toxic Beauty, Burning Coal

Subjects: Science/Technology

Styles: Conceptual, Fine Art, Pop Art, Modern, Impressionism

Mediums: C-type, Digital

Materials: Canvas, Paper

Prints: Science/Technology Art Prints, Conceptual Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Impressionism Art Prints, C-type Art Prints, Digital Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints, Paper Art Prints

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