Ever Elusive, inkjet print, 142×150cm, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 2016
In this photographic collage, the artist inverts the famous last scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie The Shining—a photograph hung in a hotel lobby. The director used airbrushing to replace one of the central figures in a ballroom group photo from the 1920s with the face of Jack Nicholson, the male protagonist in the movie. Kubrick’s image is so well circulated that the original photograph is long lost in the archival system. After careful research, the artist found the replaced face in a theoretical book about the airbrush technique, and used Photoshop to paste the face back onto its original spot. The artist restores an accidentally manipulated image that replaced the original in the archival system with an artificial image, exploring the elusive presence of archive.