Saturday, July 07, 2012

Here is the Story...

"The Dream"
At this moment I can't remember if it was real-life millionaire publisher William Randolph Hearst or Orson Wells playing John Foster Cane, fictitious millionaire publisher who told his reporters:
"You get me the picture I'll write the story."
I have taken this advice to heart.  This is a picture, here is the story. But first a point of clarification.

I am certain whomever made the statement above meant picture as in a photograph. Something news worthy, provocative or salacious.  Before television a newspaper photograph connected the reader to the reality of the story.  If you believed the picture the story must me true. 
I think those days of journalism are gone. Mass information is now main-stream. There is no need to "publish" a hard copy.  In the time it takes to print a newspaper, the story is hours old.  We have an instant explosion of information to sort through.
At the same moment this explosion of information is happening, an explosion of graphic interface is also growing exponentially.  Pictures have never been easier to record and publish. Photos and Videos are available instantly world wide. We are almost watching news in real time. 
There is a down side to this new world of images. As easily as photographs can be shared and broadcast they can be easily manipulated.  Today it is virtually impossible to tell what is real or fake just by looking at a picture.  
(Here is a link to a story about a bogus photo I crafted one time.. A Picture of Santa Claus appeared on my niece's camera in Bloomfield, New Jersey on Christmas Morning years ago.  For my young niece it was irrefutable evidence of the existence of Santa Claus. For me it was hours of work in Photoshop piecing several pictures together.  We finally destroyed my niece's world by telling her the picture was a fraud. Fortunately under the Affordable Health Care Act she will be able to pay for quality therapy.)

With that said, here is the story that goes with the picture above. This picture is an example of digital Gothic modern expressionism. It was painted on an iPad with the app Procreate. Of the many apps available for the iPad Procreate gives a more fluid result in retina screen display quality.  
The style and the painting itself was influenced by Expressionist artist Edvard Munch who painted the post Modern expressionist painting of "The Scream"in 1893.  This work by unknown underground artist Jayson is entitled "The Dream".  Although similar to The Scream, The Dream differs in one area.
The Scream has been the target of several high-profile art thief's. In 1994, the version in the National Gallery was stolen. It was recovered several months later. In 2004, both The Scream and Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum, and recovered two years later. 
Where as The Scream has been stolen twice and recovered, art critics hope that The Dream will be stolen and never recovered.  
The Art world is such a fickle place for an expressionistic digital Gothic Modern artist.
As you were,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That picture would be disturbing even if this was Halloween season.