Jan 6, 2013

Portraiture in Blueprint? Min Jeong Ahn Diagrams Emotionality

When we think of a fine art portrait, we think of a painting—perhaps something from Monet, Van Gogh, Van Dyck, or Renoir, or fast forward to Chuck Close, David Hockney, Lucian Freud. Masterful placement of the brush, a remarkable understanding of light, an unfettered relationship with the canvas. But what if this art were viewed through a different lens, one more analytical, one that could break the colors and shapes and emotions into symbols and lines and dots? Min Jeong Ahn has done just this. In her “blueprints,” she has created severely complex and yet equally compelling pieces that tell rich stories, though without a single drop of paint. Her blueprint portraits are highly detailed—her own self-portrait breaks down every component of her body, from the more clinical physiological labels (including the “corn on a toe” and her “ugly toenails inherited”) to the more ethereal “radius of aura” surrounding her head.
All the elements such as dots, lines and signs written on it were neither merely decorative nor auxiliary, but each of them carried important information. I think the impression of the blueprint was quite deep.”

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