Sinister Architecture

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Composites (each of which was painstaking assembled over three months like a reverse jigsaw puzzle) drawn from snippets of up to 70 photographs found in the US Library of Congress Archives by artist Jim Kazanjian. Sez he:

My current series is inspired by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and similar authors. I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes these writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding. In my work, I prefer to use these devices as a means to generate entry points for the viewer. I’m interested in occupying a space where the mundane intersects the strange, and the familiar becomes alien. In a sense, I am attempting to render the sublime.

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