Every September, The Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Art Exhibition (GLAMFA) comes to California State University Long Beach to showcase the works of graduate students from San Diego, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, and all points in between. So normally for this blog I would interview the artist about their work, but for the next two weeks the artists will not be on campus so we have to do some research about them instead.
The artist I chose to “interview” is Evan Trine. He had one of his photographs entitled The Vegetable Man in the Vegetable Van in the GLAMFA art gallery. I was instantly drawn to Trine’s photograph because of how pixelated it was. I looked up his work and found out that he does these photographs just to push the limits and see how much he can distort the image until he is satisfied with the result. “What are ways that I can alter this image to the point where the subject is unrecognizable, and the information in the image has changed so drastically that there is little or no evidence to the original photograph left?” After finding out his process I started trying to see if i could figure out what the original image was. Most of his photos are extremely hard to figure out what the original was.
Part of Trine’s goal is to make the viewers experience very confused and complicated. The scale, colors, and amount of pixelation he does to distort the images is not all by chance. It is very intentional and thought out. “Whenever you make adjustments to a digital image, information is lost and the quality of the photo declines. This intentional degradation causes the pixels to distort and enlarge, and I capture this through the sharpness available in the digital printing process.” His intentional process of ruining a picture but still making it look beautiful and harmonic with electric colors and overly saturated colors really fascinates me. I truly believe that he is doing something completely original and has a really good sense of what works and what doesn’t work. Because his idea could go south very easily with poor taste.
I applaud Evan Trine for having such an interesting concept on art and photography and enlightening myself to a new way of looking at art.
Here is More of Evan Trine’s photography