Thursday, 8 December 2011

painting with Mary

Once again Mary Katrantzou's demi-couture print galore
came to inspire New York-based ”sleepless talent” visual
artist and photographer Erik Madigan Heck in blurring 
anew the subtle boundary between fine arts and fashion 
photography with style and charm by the truckload.

Mary Katrantzou's staggering outfits from the s/s 2012
lookbook make me whoop for joy yet the way Heck 
paints with light in his art-historical influenced style 
is spectacular, the way he transforms the environment 
in a stage for the model's performance as well the 
painterly use of light that every time makes me think 
of Vermeer's 'Girl with a pearl earring'.

Yet Erik's intention is never to document the appearance
of the subject as a realistic representation, rather to evoke
its theatricality creating a more aesthetically dramatic
illustration in which already disguised subjects such as
models become characters arranged on a stage acting
narratives informed by references from the history of art.

> all images © Erik Madigan Heck, 2011 <

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