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Newbold Bohemia
Icarus 4: Modern Photograph of Nude Male in Sky Based on Traditional Greek Myth

2015

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Icarus 4: Modern Photograph of Nude Male in Sky Based on Traditional Greek Myth by Newbold Bohemia 18 x 30 inches unframed archival digital print Inspired by the story of Icarus in Greek mythology, contemporary fine art photographer gives us his version of the story that is so often depicted in fine art with a series titled Icarus and Other Mere Mortals. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus' father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings or the sun's heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, when the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. This image captures a modern day Icarus with tattoos covering his upper arms and the sunlight gleaning off of his muscled back and buttocks while tumbling from the sky among the clouds. About the artist: For Chicago artist Newbold Bohemia, an image is not captured in an instant, it is cultivated over time. While other artists exploit the documentary nature of photography, Newbold subverts reality by creating falsified and forged documents. His images are openly staged and/or manipulated after being captured. He builds sets and costumes to create narrative tableaux, stages mundane objects to create transformative still-life compositions, manipulates photos both digitally and physically, and combines found images in ways that either highlight or subvert the intended messages of the original photos. “Photos are just a material like paint, wood, or clay,” says Newbold. “I plan, create, and capture images in my studio or in the field. I color them, paint them, cut them, and combine them — either physically or digitally — to create something new. I try to create not only an image, but an entire world within my image,” explains Newbold, “a world that is fictional but hopefully truthful. As Emerson said, ‘Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.’ ”

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  • Dimensions
    H 18 in. x W 30 in. x D 1 in.H 45.72 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2271182563
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