Returning Rice Needs Nurturing Men © 2014 James Warren
This is a re-edited,re-contextualized, private collection, vintage photo in a new composition. I will not venture to assume this person's identity or nationality. Ideas about complexion and national origin tend to race around a prescribed track where the body is politicized for purposes of control. He is his own man...a person who engages sun, soil, water and cycles-of-life.
Prints using combined vintage photos and my own digital photos are sums of raw art materials in re-contextualization. These types of compositions more formally might be seen as derivative-works-for-the-present-generation-and-marketplace. My input as an artist is to choreograph the disparate images into one picture plane, where no one photo carries the whole meaning of the new work. Vintage photos are, essentially, materials re-evaluated in meaning and aesthetic for contemporary display. Use of vintage photos might be met by the following concerns: 1. Reformatted from film print to digital scan 2. Only a percentage of a new composition 3. Not presented in their initial contexts 4. Images are in personal collection 5. Do not solely carry the full intellectual meaning of a new composition 6. Aspect ratio is changed, in some instances 7. Display new characteristics due to time and previous curation 8. Images used may be only extant examples 9. Presented in different scale than the originals.