The online art magazine COLOSSAL frequently reports on slightly bizarre works of art. Recently, the magazine published an article about the Canadian artist Jeff Bartel, who integrates photorealistic vintage cameras into facades and urban scenes in his oil paintings.
About his series Surveillance, Bartel says there: “I’m not sure it’s possible to walk down a city street these days and not be caught on a camera somewhere, either by choice or not even knowing about it.”
COLLOSAL writes about Bartel’s work: “Situated in urban settings with a distinctly retro flair, the works nestle vintage cameras among architecture and infrastructural elements. Oversized lenses, knobs, and levers echo the shapes of windows and doorways with branding imitating signs for shops and restaurants.”
And continues: “Sandwiching the devices between cafes and storefronts or subway stairs, Bartels explores the ubiquity of cameras and how they’re embedded into modern life. “If you look at the people in the paintings, none of them are doing anything particularly noteworthy or interesting. They are all just living their lives in front of a camera, some by choice, some oblivious to that fact,” he shares, noting that the surreal scenes aren’t intended to be altogether sinister. Privacy concerns aside, the paintings also speak to the increased prevalence of photographs and the ability to document and share even the most mundane moments on social media.”
See all the “surveillance”-pictures of Jeff Bartel in the COLLOSAL article and find more on Instagram.
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