P3 Altering Image & Meaning

Project #3 – Altering Image and Meaning

Students will select an image that they feel is an ‘innocent’ image in which the original context can be shifted. The image can be used to construct either a personal, political or ideological perspective that was not part of the images original meaning.   Students will explore a variety of processes to transform the image to physically alter it far beyond its original state and meaning.

Example: Luc Tuyman’s, Demolition, the source image was a cloud of smoke taken from a controlled architectural demolition.  When exhibited in New York the innocent image evoked destruction as it was reinterpreted as a reference to 9/11. Pictorial content can be placed in a symbolic network, and the way we read into an image can be dependent on its context, allowing an extra pictorial strategy.

To Begin:

  • Develop 3 or more studies on Masonite or canvas (Recommended 16” x 20”)
  • Explore a variety of processes or systems of representation to transform your image, transform the image to physically alter it far beyond its original state and meaning;
      • Abstracting / reconstituting the image
      • Developing a language of marks or symbols that stand in for the image subject (pixels, dots, blurring, alternative tools, use your imagination)
      • Combining mixed media and mixed material, collage
      • Combining parts of studies through digital or collage process
      • Develop final painting on stretched canvas or braced panel
      • Size 48” x 60” or larger

Artist Examples:

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