My work in this post evolved from the previous chest image No. 44 using the chest X-ray taken from the teaching files, showing a lung abscess. The process of evolution of the final image was noteworthy so decided to show three pictures, albeit I only want to keep the final iteration. I found part of the problem was that it was heavy and immobile, an impression that sometimes accompanies street art – good ideas but no movement.
I wanted to demonstrate the importance of a driving force in a design with reference to street art created by BauBô (Paris) (lifted from http://maratinage.wordpress.com/ ) In these hundreds of exquisite individual mask designs are produced which, by definition, are static (we refer to a mask-like face – although there is frequently an inner turmoil within BauBô’s mask designs).
But by applying these to the wall very skilfullyand by p0lacing them in relation to surrounding structures the overall impression of flow and movement is created, (especially when applied in conjunction with another artists work) and this completely alters the message.
Please visit Maratinage (http://maratinage.wordpress.com) to see his brilliant documentation of street art.
In image a. the background shows the effect of insertion of a layer of textured fabric over the orange stone background. It completely changes the image form, but it remains too busy, there is no focus, and like Chest 44 is a static image. It didn’t do much for me.
For image b. I removed the texture and inserted the swirl in order to guide the eye inwards. This layer is another modified image derived from Dale Chihuli’s beautiful glass art. Here multiple layers of the X-ray are still present, and it is too busy, particularly with the textile patterns. It is messy and lacks focus, one configuration contradicts the next. The swirl does help to concentrate attention towards the area of the heart.
In final image c. a lot of excess pattern was removed, in doing so the algorithms changed and the colours become simplified and more appealing, now attention focuses on the patterns overlying the region of the heart, there is forward movement into the image.