Installation for the Photograph – Georges Rousse and Sandy Skoglund

It would appear that art is becoming unhinged, and where there was once a divide between painting, photography and sculpture, the lines have now become blurred, with artists creating bridges from one medium to another. Georges Rousse has perfected the art of bridging the connections between these art forms.

metz 1994

Metz, 1994

Rousse, G. Metz, 1994. [Online] [25th March 2013]

Georges Rousse’s ‘Metz, 1994’  shows a simple spherical shape, hovering in the centre of the photograph. We look closer and the walls mimic this motion, the light from the windows casting checkered forms on the floor, pitching shadows on the architecture. The motion that is created draws the viewer in, causing us to look in wonder, asking ourselves if this scene truely exists.

This scene does exist, and through an understanding of colour, shape and perspective, Rousse achieved a perfect ‘trompe l’oeil’,  using a mixture of convex and concave pillars, sculpted and painted to create an immense feeling of depth, and begs the viewer to look deeper. It is the clever mixture of painting, sculpting and installation that makes his ‘trompe l’oeil’  so effective.

The vibrant colour of Rousse’s photographs may have been of some inspiration to the American born installation artist Sandy Skoglund. This artist uses ‘dream like’ colours on  elaborate, fabricated scenes, filling her sets with props and figures which she then photographs. Her work is generally characterised by using a duplication of similar objects which is repeated throughout the space.

Revenge Of the Goldfish

   Revenge of the Goldfish,1981.

Skoglund, S. Revenge of the Goldfish[Online] [30th March 2013]

In ‘Revenge of the Goldfish’ the first thing one notices is the vibrant turquoise that envelops, what appears to be a bedroom. Two figures central to the scene are resting on the bed, one sat upright looking into his lap. The space is littered with vibrant orange forms, which on closer inspection are goldfish, oversized and gasping. Each goldfish has been meticulously designed and sculpted by hand before being arranged in the installation.

Rousse and Skoglund use their imagination to capture the essence of a dreamscape, creating fictional, colourful worlds that make us question our own judgement concerning the authenticity of the photographs of their installations. Both artists use the inspiration from ideas to create images that amaze and perplex.

It is clear that these artists have not been bound by the limitations of medium. They have embraced and crossed boundaries and have brought several art forms together as a consequence. By using more than one medium, they are allowing the viewer to be immersed and engaged in their work.


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