David Kitz, ‘Whites’, 2013, Tappan

Inspired by Roland Barthes description of photographs as "transparent envelopes,” invisible vessels for their referents, Kitz has set out to investigate the ways in which one could break these envelopes open or shift their boundaries. In doing so, he constructed still-life arrangements comprised mainly of existing imagery and small three dimensional objects.

Using what he has lying around the studio-- old National Geographic magazines, vintage Playboys, fashion ads from catalogues, and other detritus, he layers and builds, bisecting, interrupting, and disrupting original imagery to create shapes, lines, angles, and new borders. Using a film camera, he captures the scene beneath, conflating space, confusing depth, and at times creating an illusion of multiple focal planes. The resulting images bridge the usually disparate fields in picture making of still-life and photomontage and, in effect, produce a larger envelope within which his subjects reside.

Work comes framed by the artist in a natural wood.

Signature: Signed by artist on verso. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

About David Kitz

based in Los Angeles, CA, United States