‘bending space’: photography of georges rousse


although french artist georges rousse is a photographer, his work contains a lot of painting. his works are photographs of paintings done on buildings which are made to look like overlays of colour. from the single point perspective of rousse’s camera, his paintings are made to appear 2-dimensional. in reality you would see that the paintings are strategically done in 3 dimensions. this illusion is what makes rousse’s work so intriguing. his ‘durham’ project is currently the subject of the documentary ‘bending space’, a fitting tile to describe rousse’s work.


Gwon Osang’s photo sculptures

Korean sculptor Gwon Osang creates these outstanding 3D pieces from 300+ photographs of the original subjects, which are overlaid onto a lightweight life-size mannequins (see above). Osang, graduated from the Hong-ik University sculpture department, ever since hes been one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Korea for his non-conventional approach to sculpture.

Osang’s composites made up of photographs look almost like ceramics to the naked eye, although closer inspection reveals the technigue of grand illusion; there are elements of realism mixed with distortion that makes the audience see the reflections from the fuzzy lens. Gwon’s photo-sculptures require a meticulous and cumbersome procedure to create his quilted tapestry of human attributes. After many different sections of the model’s anatomy are shot with the same light source, the film is developed and the prints are pieced together to form a sculptural body. The fact that Gwon used this process to achieve a sculptural end-result is without precedent in the history of contemporary art. Though, recently, similarities of Gwon’s sculptures with artwork of German artist Oliver Herring have been made..

See more of his work:


Art, Politics and Visualizations

Can art visualization bring death?


The process of visualization is not limited and restricted to the simplistic idea that data have no consequence. Even less so that data manipulations are not art. The process of visualization is a knowledge based process that is contextualized in the reality of contemporary society, in the personal limitations, aspirations and emotions of both the author and the user. More  importantly it is a symbolic representation of life and death that can go beyond the mere technological issues and reach philosophical, aesthetic and metaphysical questions. Therefore becoming art.

Who said that visualization is not art? Or that it does not have any relation to contemporary politics and social issues? And if it could be accepted as art, what then happens to the person who discovers the reality of human condition?

The case of Mark Lombardi is a story of visualization processes,  visions, revelations and legal entanglements, as well of life and death, that reveals a small insight in the strange undercurrents of contemporary times. And that for me is art.

Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany
Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany

Inspirations: Edward Tufte

I think we, the instructors and assistants of CS450, should post material which we find to be inspirational on this blog. This way we will also be able to start accumulating a repository of information, which will be valuable quite in and of itself, I think. This could be a standalone application, an artwork, a webpage or anything else that takes your fancy, that you find to be relevant to the field of art and technology. Something you would like to share with our students in short…

So, I will get the ball rolling right here and now:

I find Edward Tufte, the renowned author of the book Envisioning Information, who seems to be a true hybrid personality between the arts and the sciences, truly inspirational. So, check out his sculptures:


Airspaces (Original location of photo and related explanatory text by Tufte is here)


Larkin’s Twig (Original location of photo and related explanatory text by Tufte is here)


Negative Space Studies (Original location of the photo and explanatory text by Tufte is here)

Beyond showing us his work and giving us information on his research activities Tufte has a wonderful page of discussions related to art and science, where you can find a wealth of information and resources, links etc related to our work.

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