The artistic personality is one attributed to those who find beauty in what others consider unremarkable. Thus indisputably, UK Fine Arts student Corey Bartle-Sanderson has what it takes to be an artist.
“At the heart of my work is a fascination with the mundaneness of the everyday. Objects are overlooked, they become invisible in this blur of overfamiliarity with the daily inattention. I am interested in interrupting the everyday, playing around with the overlooked aspects of the ready made. Altering the overly familiar through means of manipulation.”
In his series of photographs titled Supermarket Simulacrum, Corey creates still life settings with fruits that are camouflaged with a monochrome marble background through paint manipulation. The objects seem almost flat and invisible but are nevertheless noticed subliminally through his delicate control of light. The first image is followed by a second where the particular fruit is cut open to reveal life within. Vibrant colours burst out of the picture plain, here we can almost feel, taste, smell something that we would otherwise take for granted.
The captivation of seemingly small moments is recorded in film photography, which the artist prefers, “as the colours and tones captured are ones which editing cannot achieve.” In works such as It was Fun, Paris and Barcelona Corey’s camera serves almost like a diary, used to document his life in irresistibly familiar images that portray the kind of fun we love to have, and the very youth we love to live.
While we are constantly snapping away the triviality of our lives with our camera phones, Corey does it with a surrealist perception that surpasses monotony. Upon closer inspection, his life is no more eventful or interesting than mine. However, with his artistic eye on constant alert for beauty, and his impeccable talent for composition, Corey Bartle-Sanderson creates a hypnotising fabrication of reality that leaves everybody thirsty for adventure.
Words / Ana Gomides