Methods for Critiquing Photorealism
The Archaic art historians of The Louvre might have trouble analyzing a collage painting by Vakseen with traditional methods. It’d be futile to use even the most vivid colors alone to depict Homer’s Odyssey. It’s impossible to analyze the visual forms of something with no visual forms. Homer and his narrative might appreciate good old fashioned words opposed to redundant Crayola names. Similarly the mere human eye is not the best tool for dissecting Vakseen’s works of painting collage. Analyzing with only forms in mind might not be appropriate for Vakseen’s collage painting images. If observation is the only tool available to Vakseen’s art critics, they are sure to miss out on the most marvelous aspects of his collage painting. Art critics would not dare analyze a complex event under the lens of vision and form alone. Vakseen’s hyper realistic paintings demand a more comprehensive approach in their scrutiny because they are events too and not just visual representations. Like experiences this Photorealism is too complex to just be concerned with what it looks like. Contemporary art critics must rise to the challenge that is Vakseen’s work and throw out this worthless outdated method of visual analysis.
If a picture is worth a thousand words than an experience is worth ten thousand more. Vakseen gives his spectators two very valuable experiences that can be seen in their reactions. The first is the what the. Upon realizing that these are not mere paper clippings attached with Elmer’s Glue, people cry out, “what the..?!” The what the is a beautiful aspect of what makes this collage painting Contemporary Art. Viewers also bring the how the to gallery when seeing this painting collage. After seeing the collage painting images for what they really are, people tap their feet and whine, “how the hell did he do that.” Perhaps this is what proves his work to be Photorealism. With Vakseen’s hyper realistic paintings and other Contemporary Art, the picture is no longer important. The really priceless components of Vakseen’s work are the reactions brought by the viewer and the experiences had by the participants.
Vakseen rises above the dusty styles of art’s past by fusing forms, culture, and the viewer experience in his collage painting. His bold style is quick and sharp the click of a camera shutter. His painting collage is inspired by contemporary female models and commercialism. His visual language is inspired by fashion photography. This style in his collage painting images becomes a voice and a forum. His collage painting creates spaces for conversations about how females are treated in modern times. Issues of gender inequality are brought up with his Photorealism. But the viewer can be a man, can identify as a women, or have no sex or gender at all. The viewer can be gay, straight, or asexual. People who interact with and react to these works can be of any color and any age. Participants can have any career or come from any background. The aspect that is truly inspirational with this Vanity Pop is the user’s place. It’s not important to look at these hyper realistic paintings with form in mind. It’s not even important to think of what these works are saying. It’s important to listen to what the viewers are saying.