Watson Art + Photography is an ongoing series of digital photography that emphasizes abstract composition as a relevant aspect of the artistic language. The process begins by using the camera to shoot real world urban and industrial images found throughout Toronto and its surrounding areas. Each image is then subject to numerous manipulations, exaggerations and modifications available in an editing platform to transform the photograph from its realistic origin to something approaching an abstract expressionist painting. Some images require little enhancement to produce a desired result, while others are mutated beyond recognition, occasionally featuring digital 'flaws' - extreme pixilation, exaggerated contrasts, etc. - which are intentionally highlighted.
As the image is subject to the manipulations of computer software to create the final version of the piece, the work fits into the broader digital culture as an example of generative art. Further, by combining elements of traditional painting, experimental photography and contemporary digital art, the work acts as a bridge between these disciplines and lends legitimacy to 21st century digital art forms to those who may be unfamiliar with or reluctant to consider art that is created or enhanced using technological means.
Investigating forgotten locations and surfaces that are often considered blemishes or simply disregarded altogether, this series recontextualizes the post-industrial underside of Toronto and its surrounding areas. This project aims to extract the raw, tarnished appearance of a modern urban environment and transform it into art before gentrification sweeps through it entirely.
images are printed on canvas and mounted on a wood frame
artwork available in 48 hours (excluding holidays)
pick up in north Roncesvalles area or elsewhere by arrangement
custom artwork available by commission
a cancellation fee is applied after an order is placed
long-term rentals negotiable