empty your eyes art

posted by the scholar on January 2nd, 2008
filed under: art, photography

interesting polaroid emulsion lift pieces from chicago artist john baker for his empty your eyes etsy shop. he takes photographs with polaroid film, boils them off the original paper, manipulates them and then prints them onto heavy textured paper. some have a hand coloring stage too! all are handmade original works and are not digitally enhanced.

john_baker_robot_close_up_emulsion

john_baker_celebrity_mug_shot_photo_emulsion

john_baker_monkey_with_cymbals_photo_emulsion

john_baker_musician_mug_shot_photo_emulsion

john_baker_wind_up_toy_photo_emulsion

i like the grainy wrinkled textures, especially on the celebrity mug shots.

find them right here.


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8 Responses to “empty your eyes art”

  1. sosser Says:

    i just love these. the textures, colors, subject matter… great stuff!

  2. the scholar Says:

    hi sosser,

    i love the vintage objects he is shooting contrasted with the sad and more modern day mug shots. all very intriguing!

    nice 2 c u!

  3. Bri Says:

    Very interesting technique, indeed. I can see why it appeals to you because of the photo technique you used for your JOY ornaments. There is a similar theme of playing with the media and pushing the edges of expectation. Fun and whimsical!

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi bri,

    what an interesting point you make. i had not thought about this. i like that his technique is kind of low tech (not digital) and i like the many layers of texture that can be seen, including the hefty textured paper john transferred the images to. it’s a very nice presentation.

    thanks for the comment!

  5. GeekAlerts Says:

    Beautiful! I love that retro style robot!

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi geekalerts,

    happy new year to you! how did i know you would enjoy the robot? it makes me want to do a robot art round up! 🙂

    thanks for stopping by!

  7. Patrick Says:

    My fiance gave me two of his prints for christmas. Very cool stuff. The tattooed arm and a pile of skulls. I am looking for more information on him, but am coming up nil. Any help?

    Thx-

  8. the scholar Says:

    hi patrick,

    i saw the tattoo print but not the skulls – what a cool christmas gift!

    john appears to be pretty elusive – my research turned up virtually nothing, but if you want to find out more about him or the next show he is doing, click on the link and convo him through etsy. hopefully that will work!

    thanks for the comment!

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