As technology moves forward, we have seen some radical examples of limitations both within it and outside of it. What I mean is that with Photoshop, for example, there is a lot of code in the software whose only purpose is to keep us from changing, creating or manipulating one of the world’s most important assets, namely money. If you have ever tried to load a bill into Photoshop, you have been greeted with an error message or an explanation about why you can’t load it. This is, of course, as you can understand, a way to keep forgers from printing their own money and potentially destroying the whole economic system. Yeah, I know, it sounds a little bit blown up, but that’s really the only reason why some of that code is in there.
When it comes to art, we have not yet seen anything that might prevent us from creating a forgery. The Scream is a good example. If there was an algorithm in Photoshop that prevented people from loading these historic art masterpieces, we might put an end to that as well. However, Photoshop is all about creating, refining and manipulating pixels, and art is its entire business. The marriage between Photoshop and art pieces of the world is of course way more than a few pixels.
Mike Guppy has his own way of welding the two together, and his art series is called “Selected.” It’s a really cool and unusual way of using Photoshop that you probably haven’t seen before. It’s a testament to how well known all of these paintings are since when you look at them, you will instantly know what is missing even though the main motif of the picture is entirely gone and instead outlined with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop. Do you know all of these paintings? Can you name them?
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