E L I M I N A T I O N PROJECT
Jellyfish Look-a-likes vs. Plastic Ghosts
National Geographic captured this picture for an article that was written about the Pacific Garbage Patch. Our oceans are polluted with trash; plastic is a huge problem, it kills 100,000 marine creatures a year. By removing the jellyfish from the image I intend to represent an ocean occupied by plastic rather than aquatic animals.
Self-Portrait with a Monkey vs. Culturally Acceptable
Frida Kahlo painted many self-portraits, which always include her famous unibrow. Facial hair on women, and any hair really, is often regarded as unfeminine in our culture and women go to great deals of trouble to have it waxed, plucked, shaven and laser removed. Frida makes a statement by including her physical attributes in her self-portraits, showing that she appreciates natural appearance. By removing her iconic unibrow I have transformed her into a beauty that is more accepted in our culture. Personally, I think it makes her look less striking.
John Lennon vs. Iconic Glasses
John Lennon is a world known musician and member of The Beatles. Iconic individuals are often remembered and defined by their appearances. Lennon is famous for his round shaped glasses, which morphed into a part of him. When he isn’t wearing them, he doesn’t look quite himself, and when you see a pair of round glasses you instantly think: John Lennon. By removing his head from the image and including his eyes in the frame, I have displayed how this style is so symbolic of Lennon that his eyes should be a part of them.
Below is the PDF link to my Elimination Project.
E L I M I N A T I O N RESPONSES
Robert Rauschenberg – Erased De Kooning
De Kooning was a successful abstract expressionist artist. Rauschenberg chose to erase De Kooning’s artwork because of his skill and admiration, that way feeling and attention is drawn to its removal. The erasure causes the viewer to search for the image, endlessly curious to what previously lied on the blank paper in front of them. This act is representative of impermanence. We often don’t realize our lack of true possession but sudden erasure draws on those feelings of loss and attachment.
Paul Pfeiffer on Erasure
Pfeiffer’s skill of erasure is portrayed in his edited action shot videos. He dissects performance acts and gives them new meaning. Removal of an element, such as wrestlers from the ring, draws focus away from the ring and towards the audience. Being in an arena, where the action is the center of attention, causes you to concentrate on one aspect of the environment while temporarily erasing others. Flipping how we perceive events through erasure is fascinating. Morning After the Deluge also takes on a new meaning portrayed on the image through the title of the piece. Having an idea placed in your head as you view an artwork can alter your perception of the image completely.
The Revelation of Erasure by Dillon
Dillon presents the idea of an erased face depicting violence and I definitely feel that when I observe these works. This clearly demonstrates how erasure has meaning and evokes feelings. “Erasure, it turns out, is just a particularly profound form of preservation.” Erasing someone from an image who has passed away or made a greatly positive or negative impact on humanity can make an image striking in a way that makes the viewer consider the past and future.
“Erasure is never merely a matter of making things disappear: there is always some detritus strewn about in the aftermath, some bruising to the surface from which word or image has been removed, some reminder of the violence done to make the world look new again.”