Bridged Field: Found Photo Drawings
Hardcover | 25.91 x 1.75 x 23.37 cm | 104 pp
powerHouse Books | 2014 | 9781576876916
Artist John Beech is known for his innovative transformations of the seemingly mundane into startling works of originality. Proficient in several different mediums, in Found he focuses on self-manipulated photographs. Since 2007 he has collected over 600 found photographs and applied his singular touch to each, letting the patterns and textures within the photograph become the grounds upon which he creates entirely new works of mysterious beauty. Presented here are 86 such pieces.
Notable for their range of materials (oil enamel, vinyl paint, ink, pencil, and marker pen), the drawings display a diversity of methods to apply marks directly onto the surface of the prints, in some cases predominantly covering the photographic information, in others emphasising and punctuating visible elements in the photograph. Deliberate paint passages often exist alongside accidental marks or gestures and incidental imagery may come to the forefront when the primary subject of the photograph has been obscured.
Abstraction becomes both Beech’s signature and a means to elevate the altered image to an object of its own and of independent value, or better, to a work of art.
—The Brooklyn Rail
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