One very striking aspect of photorealism in the 21st century, perhaps a parallel to digital technology’s limitless capabilities, is that it allows for a powerful blend of fantasy and reality. Greek artist
, for example, depicts realistic
with hallucinatory events, such as homes falling from the sky.
develop voluptuous paintings of nude and near-nude women, which exude sexual fantasy through minute details—as seen in Chen’s Beach 169
(2011), with its obsessively precise beads of sweat on exposed skin.
takes fantasy in another direction entirely, rendering old copies of collectible comics in works such as Siegel and Shuster’s Action Comics #1, June 1938
(2014), to play with both the fantasy of the superhero and the idealization of the rare and expensive collectible magazines.