Exposed Pictures and Pigments – Photographic Works of Art by Phil Chang
You probably all know by now that I have a soft spot for minimalism. You need that backing behind it to give it meaning, otherwise there’s little to gain from it. That’s why these artworks by Phil Chang really captured my attention. Although what would appear quite flat and basic on the surface, when viewed up close and explored in greater detail this series takes on a whole new meaning.
Chang is heavily influenced by photography, but his goal is to reach beyond this medium, also analysing historical and cultural forces that shape the art world. This series of flat monochrome works are actually created from a digital file that measures 14,400 pixels x 18,000 pixels and constitutes 777 MB of information. Each one has been printed in a photo lab using a darkroom. They exposed and developed on large sheets of photographic paper.
Other works on paper are made by applying inkjet printer ink onto inkjet paper using Quickie brand sponge mops in lieu of a computer and inkjet printer. For me his whole portfolio brings up many interesting thoughts. One is the amount of detail that’s behind this simplicity, as well as the workmanship and craft behind getting these made. It’s simple juxtapositions like this that make you rethink many of the simple things in life, and also make you delve deeper and realise those elements in the here and now. I really like it. And, if you are in to minimalism, I recommend his website as there’s some fantastic imagery on offer.