Argus Paul Estabrook composes "visual songs that sing themselves". Outside of metaphor, the artist wants to explain his way of capturing rhythm in the course of his days, holding it and reinterpreting it instinctively into new visual melodies, with the musical precision of a scalpel. "Paper Cutting" is one of his latest series, created starting from cutouts of magazines and old books.
The young artist, American by birth but of Korean descent, was raised in a small rural community in the United States, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in photography. A few years ago though he moved to Seoul, in Korea, where he decided to investigate the local culture and the personal shock of returning to his country of origin, so unknown and distant to a son of migrants.
To Estabrook photography isn't a document, but rather follows a poetical kind of aesthetic logic. In the first place he establishes a method, to then allow the creative process to freely unfold, in a mental space where ideas can take form without interruptions.
In "Paper Cutting" we find references to the art of Hannah Höch, John Heartfield and surrealist Max Ernst. Estabrook cuts out monstrous figures from the pages of magazines and discarded books, pre-existing images traversed by Fluxus and Dada imagery that disturbs their original meaning. The photos are arranged on two glass planes and placed in floating frames, as if the characters were trapped in a kind of purgatory: a tension between freedom and confinement.
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