Nancy Burson

NANCY BURSON

ALARMING VISIONS OF THE FUTURE


 

Nancy Burson works in the borderland between art and science. In her digitally manipulated portrait photographs she explores the human face, its morphology and genetic codes. The result is a both terrifying and visually arresting commentary to the current developments in information technology. 

Warhead, 1982

 

NANCY BURSON Warhead, 1982 


Description
Warhead portrays a middle-aged man shown frontally on a black background. His face has pronounced features. He has black hair, heavy, bushy eyebrows and thin, slightly pursed lips. He looks straight at the viewer with a concentrated and serious demeanour.

About the work
Warhead is a portrait photograph done on a computer. The work does not portray an actual, existing person but rather someone fictitious who is created in the merging of several people’s features in the computer’s digitally manipulable image world.
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Nancy Burson’s art in general
Burson’s composite portraits take the form of an exploration of the human face. The technique of superimposing portrait photographs on each other was originally developed in the late 1870s by the British scientist Francis Galton, the father of genetics as a scientific discipline.
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Nancy Burson

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Biography

Nancy Burson graduated from Colorado Women's College in Denver. She has been visiting proffesor at Harvard University and assistant professor at the institute of.....

First Beauty Composite, 1982

First Beauty Composite, 1982

Second Beauty Composite, 1982

Second Beauty Composite, 1982

Mankind, 1983-84

Mankind

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