complete persons
20 Dezember 2021
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Für meine experimentielle Werkgruppe “complete persons” arbeite ich mit Collagen von Modebildern aus den frühen 60er Jahren. Die Fotografien von männlichen und weiblichen Modellen aus Modemagazinen verkörpern ästhetische und moralische Allgemeinplätze, die auch Sittenspiegel und Benimm- Handbücher illustrieren.

Genau in der Mitte der Gesichter falte ich die Fotos und klebe so männliche und weibliche Sterotypen zu Janusköpfen zusammen. Durch diese Grundsatzentscheidung werden alle anderen kompositorischen Parameter determiniert.

Die neu erschaffenen androgynen Antlitze entbergen ihre eigenen „Reste“.  So erblühen surreal anmutende Kompositionen, die ich mit Eiweißlasurfarbe auf DINa4-grosse Acetatfolien zeichne / transformiere. Diese Pigmente wurden früher zur Retusche technischer, aber auch ästhetischer Fehler analoger Fotografien verwendet. Hier ergeben sie die bildnerische Tonwertessenz der psychisch fragilen Bildräume.

Diese fiktiven Phantom-Portraits schauen allerdings noch etwas schutzbedürftig aus den Bildern, und scheinen auf unsere normale Welt ziemlich hypnotisiert herabzublicken, da die Grauwerte zwischen negativ und positiv oszillieren.

Die „kompletten Personen“ sind eine verstörende Fantasie über die forcierten, geglückten oder notwendigen Integrationen von J-G. Jung’s sogenannten Anima- und Animus-Archetypen.

 

 

printed artist book , hardcover imageWrap, ISBN 9781006090820, printed on matte paper, 20 x 25 cm, 50 pages

https://www.blurb.com/b/10999557-complete-persons

e-book,  fixed-layout, 49 pgs

https://www.blurb.com/b/10999557-complete-persons?ebook=768965

virtual exhibition online at kunstmatrix.com  

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/de/exhibition/8889583/complete-persons

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German artist Thomas Zika is working with the medium of photography in a very experimental approach.

In his series „complete persons“ he shows fictious portraits.

These are not pictures from real persons shot with a camera, but derive from photographic fashion advertisings collages.

The artist creates janus-faced figures by folding and combining pictures from female and male models published in fashion magazines.

He transfers his collages on 8 x 10 inch acetate negative film by sketching the images with translucent albumen colour.

Pigments and techniques formerly used to retouch technical or aesthetical mistakes on analog photographic negatives.

Of course, nowadays, all this could be done much more perfect, faster and easier with digital tools.

But obviously Thomas Zika decided not to go for immaculate surfaces, but instead uses, from a common photographic point of view, defective and insufficient instruments to show the crack in what we call a „persona“.

The result is a disturbing pictorial fantasy about the failed or forced or neccessary integration of C.G. Jung’s co called anima- and animus-archetypes into one’s „person“.