Joshua Evan

Region: Pacific Coast

Digital representation has become the primary source of image consumption. The line separating painting from JPEG is becoming invisible. This body of work explores and illustrates new technologies that influence the painterly processes of today, while also reflecting the idea that the reproduction, manufacture, and proliferation of images and media are shaping our culture.

To execute these paintings, Evan uses a process that mixes analog and digital production. He begins by painting on several smallscale canvases or on paper. He explores found imagery, usually from magazines, by burning, crumbling, or tearing the pages. Both the hand-painted and manipulated imagery is scanned and uploaded into the computer, enlarged, compiled, and, finally, sent to be printed on canvas via an ink or laser jet printer. Once this process is complete, he stretches the canvas and continues to apply paint on top.