Sunday, November 7, 2010
Risa Morales presents Christine Shank
With this realization in mind, I went back and closely inspected each image. What I found was a playful intellect, and a literal attention to fine details. These photographs tell open-ended stories of something that has occured, each setup a completely considered environment. The use of realistic dollhouse furniture and rooms gives this work the ability to be completely immersive, without the effort or expense of setting up such situations in a real place (although I know dollhouse stuff isn't exactly cheap and working on such a tiny scale isn't exactly easy either!). Additionally, the use of a dollhouse (especially when combined with the image titles) adds a bit of quiet humor to the work, while bringing implications of presence and emptiness, observation and interaction.
The lighting in each image is carefully considered, and constructed to help the viewer believe they are looking at a life-size scene. Each image is 24 x 30 and the print quality and color considerations are exquisite.
Technical skill? Fantastic. Concept? Captivating. I'm totally sold.
Check it out here: http://www.christineshank.com/interiors/interiors_12.html
Posted by VI at 6:41 PM