oil on canvas paintings by Michael Azgour, 2013
Momentum | 2013
My recent paintings are influenced in part by the ubiquity of digital photography in contemporary culture.
Building on the commonly held presumption that a photograph is a sufficient representation of a memory, I combine unrelated images together in the same composition in order to challenge the viewer’s interpretation of a picture.
Simple geometric patterns and expressive applications of paint represent the distortion, motion blurs, and pixilation of low-resolution digital photography, which is common in today’s social media. Repeated figures are used to reference bracketing in photography and movement in video.
The surfaces of my paintings are very different from that of actual photographs. Paint is built up over the course of many layers to yield a rich, varied surface that is very different from the mediums of photo paper and LED displays.