archival inkjet print, edition of 15
This image, a manipulated minimalist photograph by Western Massachusetts-based artist Stephanie Blumenthal, offers an unusual view into a sparsely furnished room, its main accent being the piece's titular red chair. Her palette ranges from pale cream and gray to shadowy slate and charcoal tones, with a dark ochre, slightly off-center block to anchor the composition. This palette, combined with crisply defined geometric shapes, creates a bold, clean composition. The artist simplified the texture of the image by sampling colors from the original photograph in Photoshop and tracing opaque shapes over the various environmental planes. The final image lies somewhere between the representational and the abstract.
If you dissect man made architectural structures, you realize that they are primarily made up of geometric shapes. De-emphasizing details doesn't only change the photograph into an abstracted image; it highlights the interaction between the different planes.
The overlaid colors give the photograph a painterly quality, yet I held back on the opacity to create tension between the photographic and the abstract, making the end product reside somewhere between the two.