Doug Stearns - Artist
The basis of my work is combining imagery and mediums to explore their aesthetic, material, and contextual relations. Hybrid abstractions are formed by collaging distorted fragments of imagery from magazines and archival photographs with textures, torn paper and patterns. Screen-prints and washes of color are applied to the back of translucent surfaces, while overhead projectors are used to add yet another layer of information. By removing imagery from its original source, I explore the transformation of images from documentation into combinations that lack narrative. Sourced archival photographs from conflicts such as World War II, allow for personal associations related to the inherent violence in the imagery. War is used as a placeholder for humanity's instinctual desire to confront or experience violence on some level. However, this work seeks to integrate and camouflage our exposure to violence within the endless stream of images we encounter. By using these aestheticized components the resulting works are abstract mash-ups of our visual culture.
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