Shawn Huckins Reimagines Historic White House Paintings into Erased Photoshop Files

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.

Modernism
724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

 The Most Beautiful Place Is Far From Here

The Most Beautiful Place Is Far From Here

 My Button Is Bigger Than Your Button

My Button Is Bigger Than Your Button

 Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Nothing Rhymes With Orange

 Loneliness Of Leaker

Loneliness Of Leaker

 He Said. She Said. She Said

He Said. She Said. She Said

 Planet B

Planet B

 Me, Myself, And Hypocrisy

Me, Myself, And Hypocrisy

Where is My Mind

Where is My Mind

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