Saturday, 8 March 2014
Treading Uncharted Territories
Nacho Ormaechea, a Spanish graphic designer and artist living in Paris, creates stunning beautiful digital collages by filling silhouettes of people photographed on their everyday routines in the streets with apparently incompatible images, thus providing an unexpected and thought-provoking result.
In fact, Ormaechea’s use of perplexing juxtapositions as far as colour, settings and subjects are concerned can only set viewers’ minds wondering about the possible meanings that can be assigned to each of his works. Using photography as his basic medium and thereby freezing moments in his subjects’ lives forever, Nacho Ormaechea arrests them, makes them his own and fills them with his own ideas, feelings and/or emotions by means of the collages he creates.
Ormaechea’s main settings are urbanscapes and his favourite subjects are city dwellers. According to the artist, “cities [are] perfect theatres full of inspiring yet anonymous characters”. His upcoming project will have New York as setting, a city which, to the artist, has all he needs to infuse his work with energy and new ideas.
Rob Mulholland’s mirror sculptures featured in one of our previous posts. In fact, a comparison between these two artists’ creations is more than interesting in many ways. While Mulholland deals with transparency and reflections “to address our most intimate feelings and challenge us to question our very essence in its deepest frailty and transitory aspect”, Ormaechea works with the opacity of photographs and on the opacity of city dwellers’ lives with an identical objective.