Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Dutch specimen MT1639, 2013. 28″w x 34″ h x 3.5″ d. Photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, painted canvas, cast resin, pill organizer, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread, costume jewelry, sequins.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Dutch specimen MT1639, detail.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Dutch specimen MT1639, detail.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Dutch female specimen: J, 2013. 28″w x 34″ h x 3.5″ d. Photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, test tubes, paint samples, cast resin, magnifying boxes, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Dutch female specimen: J, detail.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Case no. 1627, female-Dutch, 2013. 29″w x 13″ h x 3″ d. Photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, optometrist lens, paint samples, modeling clay, dried botanical matter, fabric, magnifying box, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Case no. 1627, detail.

Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens sculpture multiples collage
Case no. 1627, detail.

With hundreds of tiny photographic fragments, gelatin capsules, magnifiers, plastic bags and insect pins, New York artist Michael Mapes (previously) creates collages that are equal parts portraiture and scientific specimen. For his latest works Mapes used photographs of paintings by Dutch masters Rembrandt, Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy and others as inspiration for large scale specimen boxes. The deconstructed photos along with myriad other materials have effectively been transformed into a collage of a painting of a person. Of the work Mapes shares:

The samples are part of my most recent series of work examining Dutch Master Portraiture. In this work, I deconstruct the original subject, in both a figurative and literal sense by dissecting photos of a painting and considering ways in which the parts might serve to inspire new parts within the reconstruction to suggest unique and complex meanings. I’ve done these works with the use of a visual metaphor suggesting a pseudoscientific method specifically working with materials and processes signifying entomological, biological and forensic science.

Three of these works will be on view as part of an exhibition titled ‘Face to Face’ at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Montana starting March 20, 214. (via Juxtapoz, Designboom)

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