URBAN DUALITY: REDUX · STATURE · PROCESS + FINAL IMAGE I
Some millennia’s ago the philosopher Plato remarked that ‘any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.’
I believe this is as true today as it was when it was originally penned. With this quote in mind, in this first part I aim to visually explore the timelessness of this commentary of the great divide of classes and their living conditions by contrasting displays of immense wealth and grotesque excess against scenes of severe poverty and deprivation.
FINAL IMAGE: I
Taking the original quote that became the main inspiration and driving force of this part, I decided I would try my hand at transforming it into an illustration in which the outcome creates the most simplified and convincing juxtaposition. Drawing a quick design with pen and ink I then chose to scan it and digitally layer it on top of a background to create this desired contrasting effect. I tried a number of combinations involving pristine gold drenched dining halls and luxurious bedrooms before deciding on the painting ‘Banquet Still Life, (1644) by Adriaen van Utrecht.
I felt it was an ideal combination as the picturesque affluence and excess captured and created with finne oil paints in this artwork directly opposes my illustration depicting a common scene of those who go without or survive on very little, hastily created with crude tools and would be the best way to deliver this message.