Virtual Versailles


This is an example of work by Jean François Rauznier I find the most obvious, and consequently the least interesting. Photoshop is perfect for stacking bookshelves or buildings on top of each other. Unfortunately it does not tell us anything new besides the program’s smooth performance for such fork-lift operations.

Above is an example of work that attempts a message but the need for Photoshop seems questionable. Let me explain the joke to my reader. This mise en scène takes place at the site where we can still see the outline of the building constructed for the Three General Estates convoked to Versailles by Louis XVI. The King did this in hope of the Third Estate’s support for his new universal tax, which the nobility of the sword and the robe resisted in Parliament; but what Louis XVI created was a revolutionary situation complete with a new government, and it didn’t take very long for that newly elected body to realize that they could very well govern on their own and did not need either nobility, or clergy, leave alone the politically near-sited king.

Now this is an example of work that may claim that Surrealism still lives: The procession of nuns meandering through some dilapidated buildings may bring a smile on the face of those informed about the present state of Catholicism.

And finally this piece not only tells us that the Photoshop Surrealism is dead, but that all Surrealism is dead and shouldn’t be disturbed, unless we want to add some mothballs into its storage box.

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