Artists Grab 5,000 Web Images for а Massive Collage


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To produce the dense, hypersaturated art pieces seen in their new exhibition, two artists googled the web, scoured fan forums and browsed Flickr accounts to round up 5,000 images for a single collage.

The duo, who work under the moniker Simmons & Burke, then assembled their visual plunder into the eye-popping print, pictured above. “We like the idea of making a Frankensteinian world that is both overwhelming and quieting,” Case Simmons and Andrew Burke told Wired.com in an e-mail interview.

For their new exhibition If Not Winter, which goes on display Thursday at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, the pair appropriated about 15,000 images from a vast trove of sources. “We use all sorts of sites and forums to discover images and samples on the internet,” they said.

Tech Specs: Simmons & Burke use the polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop along with the apple + x and apple + v to select images. “Because these works take several months to make, part of our process is building ‘palettes’ of images to save time,” they said. “When we have a PSD file open that has over 5,000 layers, things become pretty slow.”

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