Portland-based visual artist Jim Kazanjian creates images that are photographic, and yet, not qualify as photographs. None of his imagery works are taken directly from the camera. He composes each work using hundreds of anonymous snapshots, resulting in landscapes that are impossibly surreal and complex, and utterly intoxicating to behold.
Inspired by the imaginary realms of cult author H.P. Lovecraft—whose wild, cosmic short stories set the mold for much of the 20th century's best science fiction—Kazanjian’s aim is to redress the “misunderstanding that photography has a kind of built-in objectivity…to defamiliarize the familiar. ” It is our trust in photography’s inherent connection with naturalism, then, that makes the deliberate verisimilitude of his works so intriguingly disorienting. And the delightful confusion doesn’t end there: Even the question of whether Kazanjian’s art is photography at all is open to debate, given that he doesn’t shoot any of his own pictures, but rather manipulates "assemblages" of found photographs.[/box]
via 23 Sandy Gallery
images © Jim Kazanjian