Since the beginning of the 20th century, the wide availability of printed photographic material in the form of newspapers and magazines led to its reuse by artists to create their own works. An exponent of this trend was the German artist Hannah Höch (1889-1978), who, together with her Dadaist colleagues, profusely used a wide variety of sources to produce politically and socially motivated collages and montages (see her series From the Ethnographic Museum, a critique of the colonialist attitudes of her time).
In the era of the digital image, where the relationship of the image with the external referent has been reduced to a weak trace distorted by ubiquity and dissemination in networks, the American artist Daniel Gordon reconstructs objects from images found on the internet, in a process he defines as “an optimistic version of appropriationism”. Giving physical form to these images questions the materiality of the digital image, in an approach that has something fictitious and something of truth.
It is interesting to see the work process, the construction of the objects, continuous lighting techniques, photographed with a large format camera and processed that results in a series of images of unquestionable visual appeal.
It’s worth taking a look at his page, too: