Surreal Clipping masks
Joe Webb (1976) uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create simple but elegant hand-made collages. Eschewing Photoshop to manipulate images, Webb uses concise cuts to transform the original material into something altogether more surreal and enigmatic. He juxtaposes two or three different elements in each work, conforming to a simple formula which echoes the approaches and subject matter in paintings by Magritte and De Chirico, and to the seminal collages of Max Ernst. Joe. navigates a rich landscape with grace and humor. He plays visual elements against each other in a way that puts different eras in dialogue, allowing characters to travel from their 50’s Home Gardening Magazine roots to the far cosmos. He flirts with themes of nostalgia and loss, but ultimately composes light-hearted images that are in dialogue with today’s sampling culture, collapsing and hacking together sources from across the universe in a fun and rudely jacked up color schemes.” - Wangechi Mutu, internationally acclaimed artist.
A clipping mask is an extremely useful feature in Photoshop that is time-saving and often misunderstood. People often feel its use is for inserting images in words and think its usefulness ends there. It has its uses and makes come photo montages quicker in photoshop. For instance, if you want something to fit in an object its easier to create a clipping mask and paste the desired image into that confined area rather than taking the tine erase and cut the image to fit inside the object. Effectively what a clipping mask itself, is the defined area or shape that you what your image to stay ONLY inside of. Like the space pictures of Joe Webb. He uses the shape of the bodies (the males.... Yeah, we probably can read into that) to confine the space imagery. A disclaimer: joe does all those collages by hand so he does not actually use a clipping mask. But for the purposes of teaching / explaining clipping masks he is a good visual.
Clipping mask assignment one:
Using your portrait photos, create a clipping mask artwork inspired by the work of Jon Webb.