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Identity in Contemporary Art
Transcript of Identity in Contemporary Art
Bolin is painstakingly painted head-to-toe by a group of assistants using photographs of the area behind him as a guide.
“My intention was not to disappear in the environment but instead to let the environment take possession of me”, he says.
Bolin’s intent is not to simply hide himself as an individual but suggests the works are statement regarding damage caused by economic and urban development. How does the artist’s identity change with setting? To create each work he relies on a wide range of techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, gritty marks.
The resulting paintings are dark and atmospheric, urban streets seemingly drenched in rain and mystery. What do these cityscapes communicate about the identity of these cities? Jeremy Mann He says the series came from changes in his life that left him unsure of who he is.
He decided to leave the shoes as a small reminder that there was at least some fragment of his personality left behind, more than just a shadow. How does the absence of a person reveal something about their identity? Identity Explored
Through Contemporary Art