Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Distortion: Mike Bogner

The word distortion can be used in many circumstances. In music, adding a effect to the instrument can alter and distort the sound of the instrument. Food, drugs and mind altering substances can distort ones perspective on reality while people on their own doing can distort the truth in to achieving what they want. Many artist utilize this effect with masterful skill. In a time of political uncertainty and global disputes, the 1930's seems to stand out when talking about artists distorting reality.

M.C Escher, a famous dutch graphic artist whom captivated the eyes and imaginations of many since the 1930's. Many of his etchings and drawings that amaze us so much are the ones that play with architecture and perspectives, creating the illusion of reality. This distortion allows us to wonder what could be.

Andre Kertesz utilized distortion in his work, most notably in his work "Distortions" from 1933. This soon to be known master of photojournalism utilizes the distortion effects of mirrors to create stunning nude portraits. He would continue to experiment and produce perspective altered imagery up until his death in 1985.

Over time, the world changes and so does our technology. With the aid of photoshop, and a keen imagination, the possibilities of creating stunning distorted artwork are endless. A German photographer by the name of Ralf Brueck took the concept of distortion and creates his own digitally rendered works of art. This evolving morphing of better technology brings a downfall. Since the the last World War, is the weaponry we use in war any better? Do we distort our own realities with much distractions that we become blind to see the real reality?

In attempts to further truly know myself as a person and create my own artwork, I continue to reflect upon the masters from before. Exploring the "what if's?" and "could be's" can spark a start to something great. This exploration will help grow a non-verbal language that which lays inside the imagery. Using the simple effect of distortion could captivate the minds of many and change the world for the better (or worse).

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