Digital Icons; Expressions of Belief
These montaged images were created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The series blends the Eastern Orthodox tradition of icon painting with the graphics style of modern advertising. In Icon Painting geometry and non-Rennaissance perspective and a dense, didactic storytelling format is common. For an excellent exploration of this topic see Egon Sendler’s “The Icon;Images of the Invisible”. For the roots of advertising design search El Lissitzky’s posters of the 1920’s. An online brochure explaining the themes in the exhibit, “Expressions of Belief” is located at this link. ‘Expressions of Belief Exhibit’.
A related theme runs through this older series of montaged photos. The title of the series, ‘Ho Topos’, references American painter Mark Rothko’s comments about Byzantine church interiors in Ravenna, Italy. In Greek it means, ‘Saints in Glory’. The method for composing the images used non-digital, traditional chemical darkroom methods. Medium format color negatives were layered, enlarged, and printed using the Ilford Ilfo(Ciba)-Chrome chemistry process.
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