Friday, October 03, 2008
My "Obscurity lives on" project,
Last winter, I played around with doing some small monochrome paintings (about 1 1/2 by 2 inches), using two blues, white and sometimes black, unblended. And for fun (and laziness), I chose to paint over portraits on pages of a 1940s encyclopedia. After doing a couple, I decided I liked them and toyed with the idea of displaying them together in some way.
Today I decided to scan them and using Photoshop do just that, and frame them, virtually.
It's not that they have any relationship or significance in my life -- I just like them. I like that they once were important enough to be in the printed encyclopedia, but most are now, at best, footnotes to history.
While fiddling with Photoshop, I meditated that it is a humbling lesson about fame. Even if a person achieves global fame in 2008 (Britney and Paris, Bono and Snoop, Sarah and Karl) they will be lucky if a hundred years from now their quaint, old-fashioned picture can be found in an encyclopedia.
For someone to paint over.
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