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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:48 PM

An Architect Gone Mad: Mysterious Buildings Assembled from Found Photographs by Jim Kazanjian







Without the use of a camera Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian sifts through a library of some 25,000 images from which he carefully selects the perfect elements to digitally assemble mysterious buildings born from the mind of an architect gone mad. While the architectural and organic pieces seem wildly random and out of place, Kazanjian brings just enough cohesion to each structure to suggest a fictional purpose or story that begs to be told. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook, and prints are available at 23 Sandy Gallery.

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n2doc Jan 2013 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2013 #1
progressoid Feb 2013 #7
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #2
Joe Shlabotnik Jan 2013 #3
annabanana Jan 2013 #4
Peace Patriot Jan 2013 #5
SDjack Feb 2013 #6
sakabatou Feb 2013 #8
Historic NY Feb 2013 #9
nuxvomica Feb 2013 #10

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:53 PM

1. These are crazy, and without a camera!

They almost look livable...

Very cool.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:07 AM

7. Almost

but not quite

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:11 AM

2. Very very cool!

 

I imagine if you had enough money you could have this guy actually build one.

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:57 AM

3. Incredible.

Reminds me of my favorite book when I was a little kid, "The House That Beebo Built".
http://www.amazon.ca/The-House-That-Beebo-Built/dp/0224010913

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:43 PM

4. Top one there could be from MYST!. . . n/t

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:03 PM

5. That palm tree in No. 2 is a hoot. But my favorite is no.3.

What a commentary on crowded urban life in the 21st century, built on rotten, falling piles, poised over an earthquake-ruined highway, about to be swallowed up in that Great Crack, yet somehow perky and cute.

I've seen hills upon hills upon hills, between L.A. and San Diego, that look just like that--perky & cute piled on perky & cute--except that you can't see the peril beneath it all, not just of the next Big One, but of a deliberately ruined planet, massively destroyed biodiversity, deliberately poisonous food, toxic commercialism, democracy rendered pointless and delusionary, ominous clouds from Carl Sagan's "The Cold and the Dark" nightmare swallowing the sun, Mount Everests of garbage-- plastics, rubber tires, dirty diapers, nuclear fuel rods--dumped "somewhere else," and that whatever it is out in the sea (an oil rig?) burning, burning, burning....

Yikes! I'm scaring myself!

Powerful image.

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:56 AM

6. Build them and I will buy a condo in one. nt

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:51 PM

8. Reminds me of this

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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:31 AM

9. Kind of reminds me of Steampunk.

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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:45 AM

10. The second one reminds me of Xanadu in Citizen Kane

And it also looks like part of the Smithsonian in there. I want to vacation in the third one.

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