I was recently tasked with sending out a notice to the Berks Art Alliance of an upcoming art exhibit entitled “Make Art Great Again: Right, Left & In-Between Today’s Political World,” with only text provided. I scratched my head trying to come up with an appropriate graphic and tinkered with a 2014 photo I had shot in the Louvre to give it a pseudo-Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art look.
Though I rather liked the resulting picture, I didn’t end up using it for that project—choosing instead an old satirical political cartoon. The two other pieces included here are digital Pop Art style images printed on heavy watercolor paper, coated with encaustic medium, and mounted on deep birch painting panels. Upon Photography No. 37 and Upon Reflection No. 10 will be included in an exhibit “Reflections” at West Reading Tavern by members of Art Plus Gallery, which will be hung September 11, 2017. Upon Reflection No. 10 was created in 2010 and has been shown on a number of occasions.
It was created using a filter in a PhotoShop add-on in Nik Color Efex 3.0. That particular filter is no longer available in the current version of the Nik suite. Upon Reflection No. 37 was shot in 2011. As with Mona Lisa Madness, I created it using a combination of tools in Photoshop without the benefit of pre-constructed filters.