potency of female power. I folded in parts of mythology of this phantom queen and started to work in the symbology associated with her as a means to add depth to both the character and images. With “Echo in Three Phases,” I started more with an idea for a technique of shooting through a pane of glass or plastic and then using different types of liquids on the pane in order to warp and distort the image; achieving an effect reminiscent of some of Francis Bacon’s paintings. At some point, the model requested reference images, which forced me to start pulling together images that conveyed what I was thinking. At that point, all I had really thought about was the way in which I was planning to distort the images. So I began delving through my cache of inspiration images that I collect for references and through the process of successive rounds of selecting and then editing down images that I feel are relevant, without actually knowing the story yet, a story actually started to emerge. Like a derivative of some type of Surrealist free association exercise except with images, in this instance, what emerged was a visceral and dynamic character that comes apart as the story progresses.
She decays from a
dark and mysterious figure, to an ephemeral apparition and finally to a violent rejection of corporeal form. Despite the frightening nature of the transformation, there is an essential beauty that permeates all three phases. This, I think, is an essential component of much of my most personal work. A deep tension between beauty and terror; sex and death. A selection of John’s work appears on the following pages. — "The Phantom Queen" opens at Edgar Varela Fine Arts on Saturday, April 28th and runs through May 19th. Edgar Varela Fine Arts 727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles 90014 (213) 604-3634 John Klukas http://www.45houses.com
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