Ernst Miesgang, Friend Five: After The Fallout, the Air Seemed Clear and Pure

Friend Five is a visual artist from Austria (Europe) who collects old photographs from the beginning of the 20th century at flea markets. He digitizes the photos and edits them in a way to make them look fantastic and surreal. The title of this series is called Delusions. His inspiration comes from dadaism, surrealism, literature, movies, pop culture, street art, and so on. Friend Five's images invite you on a journey into a strange world that seems similar to ours but is completely different.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Ernst Miesgang, Friend Five: After The Fallout, the Air Seemed Clear and Pure

In his work series Vivid Places, Ernst Miesgang works with a modified document scanner. With this mobile scanning wand, he seeks out special places to portray the location and the people present there. The artist uses the scanner to produce samples of the surfaces of the environment, as well as details of the people he encounters. As the scanner is dragged over the surface of the subjects and objects to be examined, it reads in line by line. This creates images of deformed, alienated and distorted bodies and objects. s then uses these images to create digital collages in which the subjects and the terrain seem to merge with each other in the image. The form of the collage always makes direct reference to the respective place portrayed.

The collage shown here is a portrait of the Sonnenpark in St. Pölten. The form of the collage is the elevation of the 50000 square metre park, which is home to a Kuklturverein. The mostly unpaid work of the association is very important for the cultural coexistence in St. Pölten - the reason why it is important to me to artistically reappraise this lively place.

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