Selfie Drama

Christopher Jeauhn Bayne, 2021

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Selfie Drama is a contemporary artwork that explores the intersection between art, technology, and culture. The artwork consists of a series of overlapping images arranged in a vertical linear graduation, reminiscent of an analogue film camera pulling through frames of film. The leftmost image in the series is a replica of an original sketch by Auguste Rodin, entitled Ugolino and his Sons, created between 1880 and 1885. The image is rendered in a rough, gestural style, conveying a sense of emotional intensity and rawness. Following the Rodin sketch is a drawing from Gustav Klimt, entitled Male Nude with Left Foot on a Pedestal, created in 1879. The next image, across two frames, is of a naked man posing sexually, sourced from the Rijksmuseum collection, rendered in a realistic style, with an emphasis on light and shadow to create a sense of depth and dimensionality. The final image in the series is a vintage illustration of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. The image is rendered in a stylized, almost etched style, with an ultra dramatic pose and neutral coloration. Taken together, the images in Selfie Drama present a powerful commentary on the intersection of art, sexuality, and technology in contemporary culture. The use of overlapping images and the analog film camera reference create a sense of motion and energy, while the selection of images from different historical periods and artistic styles creates a sense of depth and complexity.


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