Monday, November 22, 2010

John Divola - New Work


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I've always been a big fan of John Divola's work, which is consistently funny, smart and beautiful. He has some new work on his site that is worth checking out. One new project in the Reviewer Resources section of his site is a body of work which uses a Gigapan camera system (look here for the zoomable version). The GP allows you to use a DSLR to make super-high resolution images - typically panoramas. Most of the time, the results are cool, but not terribly interesting beyond their high-resolution zoomable details.

One of the interesting things about photography is that artists have always wrestled with it's technological limitations and innovations. The challenge and dare of these developments, and photography, is to produce something which transcends it's own novelty. Although Divola only has four images on his site, they exhibit his usually quirky conceptual sense of humor. I'm interested to see how the work develops.

There are also more treats, like the series Dark Star (2008) (see installations shots below), which revisits his work from the 1970's.


© John Divola, All Rights Reserved


© John Divola, All Rights Reserved

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