Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jay Hirschfeld - From Gigapixel-Resolution Imaging to a Bikini Swimwear Line

Jay's Hirschfeld's images are impressive and arresting. Three of his images are currently showing in Still Point Art Gallery's Still Point II exhibition. When I look at these images on the screen, I try to imagine what it must be like to see the real thing, because they are very large...seven and a half feet long and two and a half feet tall. That's big, and the size must make them even more striking and extraordinary. The images are complicated and detailed...maybe cluttered is a better word. The common thread through all of them is spray-painting. Hirschfeld's images are of architectural venues that contain spray-painting...such places are not always in the nicest parts of town...but it all combines for very interesting art.

Hirschfeld says that the subject matter of his images, these abandoned spaces and the graffiti artwork they contain, is important to him because they are truly the epitome of overlooked aesthetic opportunity. Consequently, he uses high dynamic range gigapixel-resolution imaging for these photographs because it allows the viewer to appreciate the full value of the spaces in 360-degrees. With GigaPan technology, each individual shot produces three bracketed exposures, which are then combined for the final image. And that's what makes the images so vibrant and strong. Take a look at this article for more information about Hirschfeld's use of this fascinating technology.

Abandoned Pumping Station Near Millburn, New Jersey   [view larger version]

Upstairs Walkway, Miami Marine Stadium    [view larger version]

Nike Missile Site HM-95 (Camps Krone)   [view larger version]

Hirschfeld describes his work in his Artist Statement:
I seek to obtain overwhelmingly saturated, highly detailed images of abandoned spaces that while decrepit are repurposed as communal canvases for monumental works of spray-painted art. In doing so, I hope to correspondingly elicit in my viewers new perspectives of the things that go often-overlooked, encouraging the ability to see opportunity in new, unlikely places.

The locations—their architecture as well as the ‘tags’, ‘murals’, and ‘bombs’ that I photograph-- are often immensely complicated, detailed and overwhelmingly large. To this end I utilize gigapixel-resolution photographic stitching techniques as well as high dynamic range imaging to display the space in as equally monumental a way as I feasibly can; ideally overwhelming the viewer and seducing their vision with as much color, line, and perspective that my media, equipment, and knowledge will allow.

I extrapolate from this work the idea that the opportunities granted in our lives often come from the disparate, unwelcome circumstances that we at first find impossible and worth abandoning; it is usually only upon closer examination of such circumstances that we realize we may have gleamed from those experiences more than we at first imagined.

Growing up immersed in all things creative and digital, Jay Hirschfeld spent his formative years in New Jersey and Chicago before graduating with a degree majoring in Film/Video Production and Fine Art/Photography from the University of Miami, in Miami, Florida.

Currently working as the founder of the New Media start-up Cineflock LLC, Hirschfeld focuses not only on the proliferation of gigapixel-resolution imagery to the public but more importantly on the appreciation and general widespread acceptance of cutting-edge digital technologies as tools for artistic and creative development.

Oh, yes...and about those bikinis. Hirschfeld is also well into development of a bikini swimwear line called Chiral which features fabric digitally printed from his images. The bikinis should be available for purchase in July of this year!

Abandoned Pumping Station Near Millburn, New Jersey (90 x 30) archival digital print, framed, $2450.
Upstairs Walkway, Miami Marine Stadium (90 x 30) archival digital print, framed, $2150.
Nike Missile Site HM-95 (Camps Krone) (90 x 30) archival digital print, framed, $2250.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
May 18, 2010

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