The Properties of Identity
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 13:03
This is an illustration series by Alex Varanesse, he believes that if identity can be reduced solely to a finite set of properties—and I've always believed that it can—then this series serves as a woefully incomplete but sternly determined starting point.
A collection of [seemingly] random visual ideas produced over a period of a couple weeks in November of 2011. Much of the creative content seen here, however, was pieced together from half-remembered dreams, edgeless shards and overwritten fragments of a partial existence originally thought to be lost forever to the 1980's; as such, it might be more accurate to say this work was simply recovered.
Disjointed and scatterbrained though it might seem, this series is connected by at least one thread of genuine consistency—that it's not the product of the standard design tools of the noughties, but the output of a camera that points back towards the eye of the user, one lens against the other, extracting with each sizzling flash another interlaced glimpse of times, places, colors and shapes that make even less sense now than they did at the moment of their original recording. What this camera lacks in fidelity it resolutely makes up for in contradiction; its dimensionless images feature depth without distance, saturation without color, shape without form and conviction without meaning.
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