Fra[mes]: Adoration of the Magi
by Taylor Holland
At first it looks like a photoshop content-aware fill filter gone wrong. But when you look closer you realise that the piece is in fact a very skilled digital composite. Taylor Holland took a picture of a picture in the Louvre, and instead of being respectful to the actual painting he uses the ornate frame to fill in the picture.
Walter Benjamin’s classic text ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ states “‘Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.” Here all the physical characteristics of the work of art (the frame, the way it hangs on the wall, is lighted, the title card) have been taken as the subject for its digital reproduction; the frame, the symbol for that aura and the status of the painting, has been taken as the most important and is becoming the whole painting.
It contrasts strongly with some characteristics of the digital image as a medium; a digital image has no use for a frame. There is to the computer no difference between the subject and the frame in the picture. There is no depth in a digital picture. There is no such thing as a location. This tension between the digital and the real makes it a great digital artwork.
The piece references the craftsmanship, and elevates the ornamental qualities of the frame by making it the main subject of the work. The craft that goes into the frame is reflected in the craft it takes to make the frame into a seamless pattern.
These issues of craftsmanship and ornamentation have been taken to the next level in his collaboration with Sainthill Lijsten in Haarlem; With them Holland is creating physical versions of these works.
In buying the digital edition you will aid the creation of the physical versions of the works; another example of the work of Holland bridging the technological gap.
What's in the download?
The download contains: the highest resolution TIF image of ‘Adoration of the Magi’ (2901 x 3711 px) and a catalogue showing process pictures of the creation of the physical versions of the filled frames. In buying the digital edition you will aid the creation of the physical versions of the works.
TAYLOR HOLLAND (b.1971, Oklahoma, USA) is an emerging artist and designer living in Paris, France. Working almost exclusively in digital media, Holland’s work explores public spaces, technological domains, and the places where the two intersect.
Holland’s work has been exhibited in the United States and France, and has appeared in various print and online publications including VICE, L’Oeil, La Gaîté Lyrique Magazine, Triangulation Blog, BOOOOOOOM!, BoingBoing, Azart Photo, I Like This Art, Beautiful/Decay, Eye Magazine, Feature Shoot, It’s Nice That, NPR, and Counter-Print, as well as the television networks France 2 and M6.
In addition to his art practice, Holland is a professor at the Paris College of Art.