Saturday, May 22, 2010

(Can you recognise the sloping street and the rickety tram? It's Lisbon!)

Who said the 21st century had to be all about science-fiction, special effects and photoshoppage? In this enlightening project, artist Ben Heine goes back to the basics: pencil and paper and a little background photography.
The twenty-six year old Belgian artist has delivered many artistic creations, but this is one is my personal favourites because it brings together his two biggest qualities, drawing and photography.
(This is a view of Utrecht from the Dom Tower, the tallest church in the Netherlands)

The assemblage of such different styles – colour vs. black and white, photography vs. cartoon and best of all, reality vs. fantasy – is an interesting way to express the duality and fluidity of the world around us.
What is particularly interesting is the variety of topics; Heine says, “I usually choose photos with a striking subject and a specific action. It can also be nice to use a background scenery with a very simple or low semantic effect and make everything happen inside the small piece of paper.” (benheine.deviantart.com )
(This is my favourite because it's very arty. Firstly, he adds the big eye in the middle, with which to appreciate art, and then chooses to depict his own favourite paintings – Goya's 'The Third of May 1808', Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' and Millet's 'The Gleaners'.)

Sometimes modern art is fascinating because it is unusual and unthinkable, but these particular creations are attractive to the layman thanks to their basic tools: a pencil and a camera – something so obviously accessible yet so unexplored!
It’s always interesting to know where artists get the inspiration for their projects; often I wonder whether it was a life changing experience or an everyday life coincidence. In this case it was the latter.
(Belgian countryside: he purposefully kept the sketch simple to match the landscape)

Heine says: ‘The real idea came while I was watching television and writing a letter at the same time. Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realize it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions.’ (benheine.deviantart.com)

His first sketch was naturalistic, but he then introduced weird elements (such as those you can see here) to contrast with the realism of the photo.
The beauty of this project is, in my view, the freedom that it gives to the artist. Often you walk down the street and spot something that catches your eye – a mannequin in the shop window winks at you, a dog outside a supermarket says good evening, the shadow of a bird in the sky is a UFO. Because you’re not intentionally looking at these objects you allow your imagination to build a parallel reality for just a brief second until you blink and the mannequin is faceless, the dog is barking fruitlessly and the bird is long gone.
These images take me to such a place; the space of liminality between what you think you see and what is actually the case. A degree of truth is present in the photographic background, but the central image is obscured by what is in fact the imaginative perception.

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27 comments:

韋于倫成 said...

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ShilaL_Kappler said...

you two make a lovely couple!............................................................

東芳 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。..................................................

佩GailBohanan1蓉 said...

Look before you leap.............................................................

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you look great today..................................................

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一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。....................................................................

江婷 said...

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政翰政翰 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。............................................................

羅承霞 said...

人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

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慧娟 said...

路過留言支持~~~..................................................................

懿綺懿綺 said...

困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。............................................................

婷珊 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。..................................................

吳婷婷 said...

Nothing comes from nothing.............................................................

俊宏淑松 said...

人生最重要的一件事,就是從生活中認識你自己。............................................................

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一個人的快樂,不是因為他擁有的多,而是他計較的少。..................................................

許惠吟許惠吟 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。............................................................

許志蘇昶哲宏 said...

唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們............................................................

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人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................................................

家唐銘 said...

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佳陳容 said...

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麗王王珠 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today..................................................................

琬群學葉安高 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考,............................................................

佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

做好事,不需要給人知道,雖然只是一件微不足道的事,但我相信,這會帶給我快樂。..................................................

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