Shawn Huckins Reimagines Historic White House Paintings into Erased Photoshop Files
shawn huckins reimagines historic white house paintings into erased photoshop files
July 3, 2018
Since construction in 1792, the White House has been a repository for a wide array of historical paintings by artists like Stewart and Bierstadt, Charles Wilson Peale, and William Merritt Chase. In an upcoming solo show at Modernism, Denver based artist Shawn Huckins reimagines some of these works in what appears to be digitally manipulated photos of the original paintings. A closer look reveals that Shawn painstakingly repainted each work with meticulous detail and added the simulated erasure tool checkmarks commonly found in Photoshop.
"The underlying works chosen for this series originally served as testaments of those who came before us and the indelible mark they left on the world," Huckins explains. "In an era where the internet makes everyone a publisher, and digital editing tools bestow the power to create realities out of pixels, these works examine our assumptions regarding the longevity of individual influence and institutions".
Debuting 18 paintings from Shawn's Erasure series, the "Fool's Gold" solo show will be on view from July 11-September 8 at Modernism in San Francisco.
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