Recent history

In historical terms, the stretchiness of the word "recent" leads to an inherent unease. On the geological time scale, Ancient Rome is quite recent, while in the 21st century, bound encyclopedias – once the pride of 20th century suburban bookshelves – are outmoded. Encyclopedias brought busts of Augustus to the masses. Now, carefully preserved classical artifacts are available as high-quality digital archives on the internet.


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In the Recent history project, which evolved from mid 2016 to early 2018, I used Photoshop to layer sampled photographs of classical statuary with self-made auto-scans of landscape and botanical imagery ripped from discarded encyclopedias and reference books. I chose a format that corresponds to a standard Ikea frame size and colourized the work using a palate based around PANTONE Greenery, the 2017 colour of the year.

© 2018 tchmo