Sunday, July 18, 2010

Filip Dujardin

Before he was a photographer, Belgian artist Filip Dujardin was an art history major who specialized in architecture. His affection for structures led him to create his own fictional assemblages, composed from his "photographs of nondescript, often post-modern buildings" by reremixing them "using Photoshop to create strange hybrids. The results may be fantastical, but could never be described as whimsical."

Every montage, says Dujardin, is one project. It begins with an idea for a specific image. Often he starts off by building a model of the form he is trying to achieve – at first in cardboard, but he has recently discovered SketchUp. He then goes on a photo safari, often just around the corner, to find suitable buildings "with a lot of the same things," so that they can be cut and pasted and serve as building material. In fact most of the fictional structures are buildings in Ghent, just resampled. Mark Magazine

You can read more at BLDG BLOG and I Love Belgium. Dujardin also has a book out, Beyond Architecture: Imaginative Buildings and Fictional Cities.

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