Member of the Month October 2019
I’ve always been interested in photographically exploring the boundaries between the profane and the profound. Historically, no subject matter more consistently treads these waters than nude figure painting. Our culture is rife with contradictions about how we deal with sex, sexuality, nudity, and the relationship between these things and fine art. As an artist exploring these subjects, I find no more appropriate well from which to pull forth conversation than the great works of fine art nude painting. Many of these works today no longer offer the same impact as in their time. Therein, I offer my involuntary collaboration with a number of great artists by updating their works via my photographic art and what I see in 2019.
I should explain a bit about the technique in this series. Starting with an idea about a masterwork of nude figure painting I wanted to include, the most common workflow then involved getting permission to photograph the original work in high resolution with professional digital camera equipment. When I did not have to contact a copyright holder, the next step involved traveling to a museum to secure the photo of the original. After that, I would assemble models and crew to create in-studio photos of new elements I wanted to incorporate into my version of a new hybrid work of art. Using digital editing techniques, I married my new work with the photo of the original work. The end products you see in this series are in the truest form collaborations with not only my models and crew, but with the original masters themselves, as well as the curators, restorers, museum staff members, and patrons of the arts who all played a role in producing the existing modern works (often centuries old) that I combined with my new content. This project is a testament to the love of a genre of fine art and the life’s work of many people who play a role in keeping it alive and part of the art world.
SameSource is a photographic artist with over two decades of professional experience recording images. SameSource fine art photography spans both landscape and bodyscape, often exploring human sexuality and its relationship with art. With recent showings from the FotoFever, Paris, France, to Art Basel, Miami Beach, SameSource was recently featured in a major show of the series, Reinterpreted, at Fabrik Projects Gallery for summer 2019. Honors include being named an Artist in Residency for 2019 by GilsfjordurArts in Westfjords, Iceland, the international Lumiere Award for fine art nude photography, 2017, and Coagula Gallery’s Los Angeles Ten Top Artists exhibition for 2016 in a show curated by Tulsa Kinney of Artillery Magazine. In addition to being included in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and fairs around the world, SameSource work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Artillery Magazine, American Photo, two documentary films by EMS ARTS, and has twice been profiled by Silvershotz International Magazine of Contemporary Photography, as well as being one of 25 international artists featured in the magazine’s 2017 Folio of Fine Art Photography (ISBN: 9781642049985). In addition to being featured in numerous photography books, SameSource is the author of five fine art photography books, Reinterpreted (ISBN 9780464052890), Objects of Ruin (ISBN: 9781320134194), Apples (ISBN: 9781366155986), Apples Reinterpreted (ISBN: 9781366155856), and The Green Dress (ISBN: 9781388795016).
With origins in the rural Midwest, the artist studied music and philosophy in a liberal arts education before traveling to Italy and becoming immersed in the works of the Renaissance. A return to the US brought the pursuit of graduate work in music and cinema, with an eventual arrival on the west coast via the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to full-time work in photographic fine art, SameSource output has included notable works as a recording artist, writer, and filmmaker. SameSource is represented by Fabrik Projects Gallery in Los Angeles and SeeMe Gallery in New York. Learn more at SameSourceFineArt.com and follow SameSource on Artsy, Facebook, Vero, & Instagram; SameSourcePhoto on Twitter.