From The Introduction:
In 1912 Marcel Duchamp painted Bride, a “highly abstracted biomechanical rendering of the human form.” In 1930 Jacques Villon (Duchamp’s brother), created an aquatint of Duchamp’s Bride, purposely taking liberties with the representation, thereby further abstracting the image. In 1986 Jasper Johns produced eight untitled tracings (ink on plastic) of Villon’s aquatint, abstracting the image further. In 2000 I photographed, using 35mm film, a section of a reproduction of a section of one of John’s tracings that was reproduced in a retrospective catalogue of his work. From that 35mm photograph I produced a first and second generation photomontage, further abstracting the image. On 16 April 2012, I dug out of storage that same catalogue, and took a new photograph using a DSLR Nikon camera.
One hundred years after Marcel Duchamp, utilizing the technology of his time, created his original painting, I, using a MacBook Pro and photoshop, created a new first generation photomontage, further abstracting the image. Using the new first generation photomontage as a foundation, I proceeded to push the process. A total of twenty five photomontage pieces have been created. In the case of each photomontage, the image has been abstracted further than the one that proceeds it.
Artist's book 54 pages and 50 illustrations, with introduction by the artist, no pagination, images , layout, and design by the artist.
Michael P. Toussaint is a designer, writer, artist, photographer, and creative experimenter. He currently resides in Denver, CO.
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