Brooklyn based Photographer David Samuel Stern builds a bridge between direct portraits and abstraction. His way of abstracting the images does not only offer his subjects a way to hide within themselves, but also turns digital photography into physical objects by adding geometric texture.
Taking several photos of his subjects, Stern then physically cuts them apart and threads them together, causing both the image and the sitter to become a complicated fracture of bits and pieces we cannot fully make sense of. The series is a kaleidoscope of splintered identities, the distortion adding another layer to what would generally be considered a standard portrait.
Romanian collage artists Silviu and Irina Székley consider their works to be “conceptual spontaneities” that distort familiar images into new, transfigured realities. The duo takes traditional images, especially 19th century masterpieces and shatters our expectations through unorthodox manipulation. As the artists say themselves, “Our approach to art is very naive, ludic and hazardous.”
Visitors attending this year’s Vivid Sydney festival were able to experience what standing inside a giant kaleidoscope feels like, courtesy of Masakazu Shirane. The Japanese spatial designer installed Light Origami, a giant spiky dome with a 3D kaleidoscope inside, right on the street. The musical space featured mirrored panels inside which reflected psychedelic designs according to people’s movements and clothing patterns and colors.
Crafted from more than 320 reflective aluminum composite panels, the dome offered an opportunity for visitors to re-imagine their own reality mediated by a sense of wonder. This way they weren’t mere spectators, but became co-creators as they played with the all-around reflections by dancing and dressing brightly for the occasion.