jim kazanjian: composite photographs jim kazanjian: composite photographs
nov 19, 2010

jim kazanjian: composite photographs

‘untitled_house’ (2006) all images courtesy jim kazanjian

portland artist jim kazanjian‘s body of work consists of crisply composed digital images that explore the surrealist side of space and architecture. drawing from literary influences such as h.p. lovecraft and algernon blackwood, kazanjian’s pictorials illustrate a fantasy-driven world that seemingly celebrates relics and decay. having worked as a commercial CGI artist for television, fashion, and game production, his method of creating largely involves recomposing a number of photographs in bits and pieces.

‘untitled_implosion’ (2008)

portland art critic chas bowie comments, ‘kazanjian’s aberrations occupy a state of material transience: none of the images qualify as photographs, yet each piece is entirely photographic. built upon the persuasive testimonies of hundreds of anonymous snapshots and photo-documents, kazanjian’s landscapes are entirely fictitious constructions. the photographs of aberrations serve as souvenirs of non-existent places and events, even though their genetic codes are comprised solely of specific, exacting details of evidence.’

‘untitled_lowtide’ (2009)

bowie continues, ‘by recomposing photographs (rather than shooting them), kazanjian liberates himself from the fastidious burdens of representation, although he remains tethered enough to exploit photography’s knack for maintaining its own honesty despite a track record that repeatedly suggests otherwise. in kazanjian’s hands, this freedom from naturalistic vision gives way to an uncanny space that is familiar but foreign—a fantasy both wild and gloomy.’

‘untitled_folly’ (2010)

‘untitled_anomaly’ (2008)

‘untitled_exterior’ (2010)

‘untitled_outpost’ (2008)

‘untitled_fortification’ (2008)

‘untitled_facade’ (2010)

‘untitled_structure’ (2007)

‘untitled_maze’ (2008)

‘untitled_bubble’ (2008)

  • reminds me of jerry uelsmann. of course, he did it in a darkroom without photoshop…

    jonah says:
  • I like these,
    I always liked Jerry N. Uelsmann’s work,
    Also check out Thomas Barbey…

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • easy rip-off of jnu

    carl says:
  • Awesome. Haters gonna hate.

    Kev says:
  • jonah’s comment is dead on

    brap brap says:
  • Yes, he owes a lot to Uelsmann but Uelsmann owed a lot to Oscar Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson. That’s the way the world works.

    Kevin H. says:
  • I love the shot from Mt. Tam!

    Alex Davis says:
  • postapocalyptic?

    peen says:
  • How about “American Dream 2010”?

    Noel says:
  • amazing work.

    vrouyr joubanian says:
  • WOW THESE ARE AMAZING! LOVE THEM ALL

    ZIG says:
  • Yeah and so cavemen ate without a knife and a fork, does this somehow imply they were better at eating than you?
    I think this stuff looks fantastic regardless of whom it’s informed by, at least he’s producing

    Playpunk says:
  • amazing it is,very inspiring.

    ed m says:
  • Love it!!!

    RONY says:

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