Barbara Kossy

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Yellow Alcove, 2008 Archival Digital Print © Barbara Kossy 2008
Chico's Garden, 2007 Archival Digital Print © Barbara Kossy 2007
Nocchiero's Yard, 2007 Digital Ink Jet Print © Barbara Kossy 2007
Lynn's Shed, 2007 Ink Jet Print 24 In X 36 In © Barbara Kossy 2007
The Alley in June, 2007 Ink Jet Print 30" X 50 In © Barbara Kossy 2007
Yellow Alcove, 2008 Ink Jet Print 24x36in © Barbara Kossy 2008
The Boat Yard, 2007 Ink Jet Print 30 X 50 In © Barbara Kossy 2007
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Chicago, Illinois
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Antioch College, 1974, BA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1977, MFA
home, telephone, yellow, wallpaper

Many of these pictures are composite digital photos I made using hundreds of individual photos layered together with Photoshop. As digital images they can be presented in many sizes. These have excellent resolution when printed in their “native” size, which is about 40 inches by 110 inches. 

My artistic influences range from the standard 'History of Art,' to the films of Michael Snow, Robert Fulton, Stan Brakage, and Tony Conrad. I studied ceramics, photography, and film in the 70s. Film offered an aesthetic that was malleable, and poetic. When I put hundreds of digital photos together to create an image, I make a short documentary film. I assemble it in the form of a photo. 

I shoot with available light. It takes about 15 minutes to record a landscape or interior. The optical distortion from a hand-held slightly wide-angle lens makes it impossible for me to seamlessly join the photo parts together. The source photos are apparent, and the new image unfolds and reshapes space. I quite enjoy building a full visual environment from the little image fragments. Seeing and comprehension take place in the brain. A viewer sees the many parts of the photo and finishes the assembly in their mind and adds the ultimate meaning.

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