AO1 Distorted Human Research



Eric Testroete

All of these pictures have a very similar style with the muted colours and range of greens and browns. The subject in each of the photos stays the same as each photo seems ‘de-humanise’ the subject. In the last large photo that is comprised of three individual ones, all taken in a portrait format and due to the low grain on the photos probably take with a low ISO sensitivity of perhaps 160 to 200, the photographer seems to experiment with different depths with adds an extra level to the photograph, giving a voyeristic perspective which makes the viewers feel as if they’re looking into the subject’s life.

Gwon Osang

Gwon Osang is a Korean artist who creates impressive paper sculptures of people and figures made from thousands of photos of the subject. The models themselves are very creepy and erie, because they fall into something called the uncanny valley: on Wikipedia it is described as *’used in reference to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it.‘ basically this is where an object or creation is so lifelike it is just short of being human, therefore it is creepy and scary to look at. The photographs seem to have a very basic setup where their lighting and camera settings are concerned; each sculpture is an installation room with full 360 degree lighting this highlights all areas of the sculptures showing the imperfections that bring the sculptures to life.

Visually these photographs and artists are not connected in any way; neither of the artists share the same style of lighting or colour palette, however because contextually these photos have the same idea of mocking reality and changing and remaking the human form they are very much the same.

Naum Gabo

This artist creates very abstract sculptures of the human face and body. Gabo’s works are part of an art movement known as ‘Constructivism’ (A radical art and architectural movement that originated from Russia in the 1920s). One of Gabo’s most famous sculptures, Head No. 2, is currently featured in the Tate Modern museum, the work itself seems to remind me of someone scowling or looking disappointed at someone with their condescending and dominant demeanour. As for the work itself, the sculpture has many gaps and holes that can create deep shadows and contrast from other areas that are more exposed to light to create some interesting and deep moods.

Again with the other photographs these images do not have any direct relevance  in terms of composition or camera techniques, however it is more to do with the ideas that link these artists together. These images seem to be mimicking the human shape and form to create or disfigured a ‘re-imagined’ human developed from their own perspective.

*Wikipedia link here

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