Traces of wear (2013-2015)
What does it mean for human subjectivity to approach the body through the eyes of technology? Here, I refer to the potential representations beyond natural perception: drawing near the body, while distancing from it through the interpolation of media. What would a novel representation of the human body through the use of the body and its special temporality offer? What could result from this hyper-realistic approximation that touches the limits of an abstraction? And what could this novel exploration beyond human vision signify? Which coordinates would direct our choices in this representation? Which are the details that we choose to represent?
New technologies continuously widen the horizon of traditional forms of image production, composing information in novel ways. Understanding the meaning of images in our era is a major issue. Could painting, although material, contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the image? My attempt endeavors to tackle this question. Could we produce an image-process, this time a trace of a material body, a meaningful image, an appearance inside the visible of a dimension which would otherwise be invisible? This drawing would be nothing else but the image of a concept; an image also closely related to the technological view of new media. The novel element that it would bring to the foreground, however, is that of the body itself: it would be a return to corporeality, as a means of relating with the world; a return to a body that looks at the body, yet always through the deep mediation of the microscopic lens. This approximation of the greatest detail, happens nevertheless through a simultaneous distancing, which is achieved by the use of technological means. The introduction of a corporal procedure for the creation of the final image signifies a new measure of time, through an approach reminiscent of a performance.
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The images presented here are small scale experiments, executed in order to try a new drawing technique that attempts to overcome the traditional notions of visual composition and perceiving of forms, closer to the mechanical procedure of a scanner. This technique will be used for the production of extra-large format drawings, in a form of drawing that will emphasize on body motion and time.
Drawing themes presented:
Hand-eczema, after a micro-photography (image 1,5,6,7)
Human feces, after a macro-photography (image 2)
Oral cancer ulcer, after a micro-photography (image 3-4)
Drawing Process (images 5-8)
Bruise, after a macro-photography (image 9)
Rough atopic skin, after a micro-photography (image 10)
Aged skin (crop up from a medical macro-photography of patient before plastic surgery (image 11)
Previous work, view in exhibition at CCA Museum, Crete (images 12-14).