The New Recycled – Duane Michals

After so many years telling stories using multiple photographs, Duane Michals surprised us with an exhibition where he didn’t take photos: He used old ones and painted on them. It seems that became trendy to use this nostalgic old plates to create something over it. Portraits taken of the generation of our great parents are now serving as unidentified backgrounds for us to play with. Duane Michals painted over them.

If he didn’t, maybe “they would have got lost in time”,  as you can hear from some voices. Now he gave the old plates a new life. Even if he was not the author. Duane Michals painted over them. Old tintypes with Duane’s hand-applied oil paint.

And here you have some of the photographs from the exhibition. “Duane Michals: The Painted Photograph, 2013”

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

“DC Moore Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the work of Duane Michals, The Painted Photograph, which focuses on his current series of hand-painted tintypes (2011 – 2013). Using 19th-century collodion prints on brown or black lacquered iron as his surface, Michals enriches the original images with oil paint, altering but not entirely obscuring the sitters’ features. Drawing on the principals of early photography and modern painting, especially Surrealism, Michals unites the two disciplines and explores the uncharted territory he identifies between photography and painting. Each 19th-century image is playfully rejuvenated by the addition of vibrant color and the artist’s witty allusions to visionaries such as Picasso and Picabia. In this way, Michals draws our attention to the discrepancy between a popular medium that required little skill—the tintype—and the work of the most influential artists of the 20th century.” in DC Moore Gallery

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

by Duane Michals

What do you think about recycling old photos? To use others’ works to create our own over them…

text by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
April, 2013
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