Jim Kazanjian makes images without ever picking up a camera. Instead, he pieces together found images to form mad hallucinations that are just a bit off—in the way a nightmare is all the more horrifying because it is so close to normal.
"My method of construction has an improvisational and random quality to it, since it is largely driven by the source material I have available. I wade through my archive constantly and search for interesting combinations and relationships. Each new piece I bring to the composition informs the image’s potential direction. It is an iterative and organic process where the end result is many times removed from its origin. I think of the work as a type of mutation which can haphazardly spawn in numerous and unpredictable directions."
Lesson Create a photomontage using Photoshop inspired by Jim Kazanjian's style of hyper-collage. Choose a theme for the photomontage based upon the concept of opposites (hot/cold, inside/outside, new/old).
Objectives 1. Decide upon a concept of opposites. 2. Collect at least 10 high resolution photographs that are labeled under usage rights as "labeled for reuse with modification". 3. Place these images in a folder on your desktop labeled " hyper-collage". 4. In Photoshop create a new document that is named, hyper-collage-your name. The size is 12" x 12" with 300 resolution. This document should be saved to your hyper-collage folder on the desktop. 5. Build and assemble a photomontage using the quick selection tool, refine edge tool, soft eraser tool and masks. 6. Use the tools to create a photomontage that looks hyper-realistic. 7. The final photomontage should be a monochromatic color scheme. 8. Write an Artist Statement.