“In Adobe Photoshop, I transpose two similar, but disparate, images to create a third image,” Jerman said, “which is full of intrigue because of the purposeful and coincidental shapes, colors and tangencies achieved.” “But moreover, it creates a gestalt when the mind processes the similarities and differences of the images and their immediate emotional reaction,” Jerman explained. “I can show some knowledge, relevance, and timeliness, but the design is mainly chance,” Jerman said. “What does it say if you combine likes, such as Colin Powell and Barack Obama? Or opposites like Elizabeth Smart and Emmanuel David?”
“It can be beautiful or scary,” Jerman said.
Mergings, which is full of pop culture icons from Anna Nicole Smith to O.J. Simpson and from George Bush to Mel Gibson, includes chapters on Portraits, Patterns, and Erotica (the erotic images are among the most complex and fascinating you’ll find anywhere).
Jerman, who makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been artistically influenced by Andy Warhol and others from the 1980s downtown New York art scene.
Beyond appreciating Jerman’s own revealing transpositions in Mergings, readers learn how 15 minutes a week can add up to a body of work, with step-by-step, do-it-yourself instructions for readers to make their own Mergings, including examples of layer styles in Photoshop.” — Steve Elliott, Seattle, WA
6 3/4″ x 6 5/8″ — 80 page, softcover
Published in 2010. Limited Edition of 100 copies
85 Full-color illustrations — Do-it-Yourself instructions
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