About the 'Friend or Faux' series
Taken from an interview by Sue-Lyn Moyle, originally posted on lapetitegalerie.com.au
Q: You are well known for your oil paintings, what lead you to deviate from your previous works to construct the mosaics in Friend or Faux?
A: Oil painting is my usual medium, but I do occasionally work with other materials. The concept always comes first, and I choose the material or method that will best convey the idea.
Q: How are the mosaics made? Do you copy from a drawing and how are they pieced together?
A: The Friend or Faux images start in Photoshop as super-low resolution pixel drawings. The challenge is to be able to retain detail in a 25- or 50-pixel-wide image.
Q: Why do the screen-prints appeal to you?
A: They are simply a quicker and easier way of reproducing the images. They also gave me a chance to work with paint again. Even though there are multiples of the same designs, each piece in each edition has a different hand-painted background, so the colours vary as well. I was hoping to make these more affordable too… with economics of mass production and all that.
Q: How did you choose those particular characters in your mosaics and who are the people behind the names?
A: ‘Friend or Faux’ follows on from a series of screen-prints I did a few years ago called ‘Facespace’, where I used friends Facebook profile pics as a starting point. I was thinking about how people present themselves on online social networks like Facebook – and how closely the online personality people cultivate matches the real-world person. (See the Facespace series here: www.stevenmakse.com/art/facespace.html )
Q: Does your artwork actually function as scan-able barcode?
A: Unfortunately not… I haven’t figured that part out yet. QRs are easy to generate online – you just put in your URL, press a button and you get barcode. I haven’t found anything that enables you to go the other way… yet.
|Friend or Faux – Ella|
|Screenprint acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20cm|
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