Kianga Ellis came over on Monday night to view the new remix videos in their rough state and we ended up talking about identity and storytelling for 5 hours. One point we kept coming back to was the subtle nature of remix storytelling and when subtle works and when it doesn’t. Can just one word, image, cut-away, be tweaked for the entire piece to change meaning?
I’m obsessed with this idea of subtle: what audiences appreciate it and where are they?
YouTube: Little appreciation for subtle with more focus on the “entertain me”.
Alone in a dark room or a white gallery: On the look out for subtle with the hopes that one didn’t just travel all the way downtown just to see a one-liner.
Here are two artists who take subtle to a whole new level. (And, thus, one could argue, aren’t all that subtle)
Chinese photographer Liu Bolin meticulously paints himself into a corner… or his surroundings.
And Alexa Meade takes subtle to the extreme when her human portrait paintings come out of context. Yes, those are humans painted to look like two dimensional portraits. She basically edits out a dimension. I didn’t know that was possible.
source: cup of jo