Recent Work: Compressions
These newest in-progress works have allowed Barany a return to static-based imagery, offering an infusion of visceral media and a new platform to investigate time. This group of portraits are of entire families that are 'compressed' into one image - all of the members are morphed into one contiguous portrait. In this fashion Barany is able to represent an entire group of people, rather than their specific, individual members. Time, age, race, gender and biological factors all collapse into one another regardless of the nature of the families, their relationships or perceived identities. The new portraits in essence become aggregate data sets, with their own unique identities. To capture the human condition and complex network of relationships that Barany seeks, empathy and emotion are allowed to run rampant throughout the images as deemed necessary through their dramatic posturing. Techniques of facial recognition, digital rasterization, camera obscura and chiaroscuro are all employed as fundamental aspects in their construction.