Jim Kazanjian (LA, 1968) studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he completed his BFA, and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he started and finished his MFA. At the moment he works from Protland, having participated in many exhibitions and publications. He has worked as digital artist for television and game production for 18 years, as well as for many commercial firms ...read more
In 1882, Huysmans wrote to his mentor, Emile Zola, to announce that his upcoming book, À rebours, would be a "wild and gloomy fantasy", rejecting naturalism principles in the contemporary novel. Jim Kazanjian compares À rebours and his own work, which is somehow wild and gloomy as well. Aberrations is influenced by fiction literature of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood, elaborating a pictorial universe of ruined labyrinths and claustrophobic spatial impossibilities.
The imaginary architecture that Kazanjian builds in his works uses destruction, crumbling and unstability as transforming forces which transform reality, always representing it in a transition state.
None of his images could be qualified as photography, despite the fact that each piece is entirely photographic. By recomposing photographies from his vast archive, Kazanjian liberates himself from the burdens of representation to generate strange dreamlike situations, which however are familiar.