image above is a digital "collage" of several hundred individual
pictures and picture fragments--most taken with a Nikon digital camera.
I spent about three months 2004-05 constructing the armature of the image in Photoshop. The
image file for this work is 636 megs--41,831 pixels wide, by 5,318
pixels in height. Printed at 300 dpi, the printed picture is about 12 feet by 2 feet. In 2010 I was asked to exhibit the mural, and decided to completely remake, revise, and resize it. This is the 2010 version displayed at reduced resolution.
first starting making these "surreallegories" in imaging
software then available in the early '90s, and my first website in
1995 included several that I had constructed a few pixels at a time pre-Photoshop.
Today's imaging software and storage capacities make working with
much larger images feasible. A large-format Epson roll-paper printer completes my tool set.
this picture to be a snapshot of urban American life in the infuriating
first five years of this century. I chose four buildings in my Portland, ME neighborhood to
define four satirical targets--a hotel (sex and tourism), a bank (the
power of commerce and money), City Hall (the confluence of religion
and politics), and an antiques store (the commodification of art and
history). There are scores of "jokes" built
into the image, some "R-rated". If you have the patience
to look for them, you'll find a large number of public figures and
celebrities, public buildings, swatches of paintings and movies, erotic recreations, and other items of dubious relevance
and provenance. Each building is pasted together from a jumble of
disparate images. Each figure, shadow, and almost every reflection
in every window was pasted in--indeed, the reflections in the bank
windows are actually 30 sequenced photos of the actual construction
of the building upon which they appear. The main goal was to manipulate, resize, color, distort, and shadow
each image to make a simulacrum sufficiently convincing in perspective
to let a viewer imagine that it could be one panoramic photographic
image. When all else failed, I simply drew in needed details.
© 2005-2010 - Darrell Taylor