Not that money was really being thrown around this time. If the Armory’s recent hustle and bustle had the feel of a prime-time opening on Vegas strip, this year’s show had the feel of the morning shift at the Fremont in Swingers. A marble tablet with the inscription “Everyone Is Broke,” was literally a sign of the times. All was not lost however, as OMNP stumbled upon some incredible works by two artists from the East, the Japanese photographer Hiroyuki Masuyama and the Chinese painter, Wei Dong. A few images of their work are below, more words and photos from the Armory Show to follow.
Masuyama’s work sucessfully tackles the challenge of maintaining a sense of originality, without getting lost in the shadow of the greatness that it is referencing. Photographic collages recreate the impressionist feel of Turner’s signature brushwork by layering hundreds of digital photographs upon one another, taken from the actual areas of original views. The ethereal light beneath however, provides the futuristic piece-de-resistance. This is how Old Masters will be remembered in a Blade Runner-esque dystopia.