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Monday, 5 December 2011

Jim Kazanjian :: Manipulations



A little info cited from his Website : "
Jim Kazanjian received his MFA from the Art Center College of Design in '92. His BFA was completed at the Kansas City Art Institute in '90. He has worked professionally as a commercial CGI artist for the past 18 years in television and game production. Various clients he has collaborated with include: Nike, Adidas, NBC, CBS, HBO, NASA, HP, Intel and others. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon."


I would describe Kazanjian's work as complex industrialism. It has a dark symmetry to the 'developed' western world. Many of the images, can be interpreted with social-economic ideas. Such as the image below could represent a rich upper class lifestyle that has weak foundations because of its dependence on an unstable stock market.


Kazanjian uses images from the internet to create his seamless photo-collages, with around 30 separated images being spliced together. He doesn't use a camera at any point, and relies on Photoshop to create his derelict and bizarre constructions.


His work has been inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and 'weird' fiction writers. he likes to
"un-familiarize the familiar" and creates a world that has a stable chaotic look with gloom and grit.