iPhone ‘Paintings’ Created Using Oil from Human Pores


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Using an iPhone as his canvas, New York-based artist JK Keller created “oil paintings” — but not in the way you’d think.

While the medium that Keller uses is oil-based, it’s of the porous variety — that is, oil from his greasy face.

“It’s a play on expectations of what that phrase means in the traditional sense,” he tells Mashable in an email.

After smearing his face on the iPhone’s surface, Keller moves the oil around with his finger to create different patterns and designs; these are accented when light hits the phone.

While the resulting art is unique, he admits his creations may be hard to stomach: “You’re a little grossed out, but also think it looks pretty cool to watch the anisotropic light reflections shift as you move the phone around.”

Since starting the project less than a week ago, Keller posted photos of the “paintings” on his official website. He says he was inspired to experiment while “sitting bored in a strangely lit room.”

“I knew I had to execute immediately or risk someone else doing [it] first.”

The iPhone oil paintings are an extension of Keller’s previous project, “Echoes,” in which he replaced a typical mousepad with a sheet of paper to show the dirt that a person can accumulate when using a computer over time.

“I am able to collect an echo of my computer use over the course of a few months,” he writes on his website. “The resulting drawing embodies the filth one accumulates through prolonged use of technology.”

Collectively, Keller describes his work as “Post-New Internet Aesthetic Grimewave.”

What do you think of these iPhone oil paintings? Discuss in the comments below.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/17/iphone-paintings-oil/

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