In his recent project ‘Art x Smart’, Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu combines famous historical paintings with images of 21st century technology. I call it a fusion of the modern day with classical moments from art and history, resulting in one massive head f… I mean head spin. And I like it. The works are also a piercing comment on the way smartphones have dramatically changed today’s social interaction. Apart from being absurdly funny, the series also draw attention to our relationship with new technologies and their influence on modern society.
Some of these images are pretty ridiculous but it seems so familiar these days – the swiping, scrolling, grammin’ (that’s Instagramming for all you “non-users”), and regular selfies find their way into paintings by Vermeer, Picasso, Manet and Van Gogh – as if the action was of second nature to them, like it is for us.
1. ‘Her Mirror,’ 2013 after ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velázquez, 1647–51.
2.. When you see the amazing sight,’ 2013 / after ‘Wanderer above the sea of fog’ by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818.
3.. ‘Always in my hand,’ 2013 / after ‘in the conservatory’ by Édouard Manet, 1878-9.4.
4. Girl with a pearl earring and an iPhone,’ 2013 / after ‘Girl with a pearl earring’ by Johannes Vermeer, 1665.
5. ‘Luncheon,’ 2013 / after ‘The luncheon on the grass’ by Édouard Manet, 1862–1863.
6. The Scream,’ 2013 / after ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, 1893.
7.‘Music for dreaming’ after ‘the dream’ by pablo picasso, 1932
8. In a cafe’ after ‘l’absinthe‘ by edgar degas, 1876
9. ‘A family gathering’ after ‘the balcony’ by édouard manet, 1868
10. ‘The Last 2G Phone User,’ 2013 / after ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1495-98.
Architects CMA and SeARCH were focusing on the question if it would be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building when planing the Villa Vals. They decided to build a central patio into the steep incline to create a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving a dramatic view of the beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.
All images © Iwan Baan
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