by Mike McNamee Published 01/04/2012
One of the refreshing things about artists (as against photographers) is a greater willingness to experiment with new media and novel ways of using media. It is not that photographers do not try this stuff, more that they are often a little conservative. One photographic example which springs to mind, however, is the work of Mike Larson who has taken to flinging his precious cameras in the air above an assembled crowd and using the self-timer, along with a motor drive burst, to shoot the group from above (http://blog.mikelarson.com/labels/camera%20toss.html). It is an example of doing something that many people would never either think of, or dare to do! Artistic examples are more numerous, going back to Picasso and beyond. Picasso’s famous Bull’s Head is made from a bicycle saddle and handlebars; he also employed a number of novel materials in his collages, not all of which were particularly robust against the ravages of time (eg newsprint). The current state of his Guerica is such that it can never be moved from its home in a special room in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid; the old boy perhaps never imagined, when he was commissioned to create a wall mural for the Paris International Exposition at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, that it would one day become a priceless piece of iconic art.
All this leads us to the feature subject – specialist papers. The name is a misnomer as both the feature media are on pure plastic bases!
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