Andrew Soria’s photo composite cityscapes live in the borderlands between fine art and photography, his colour saturated pictures a montage, a homage to a fast food nation, each image both celebrating and castigating the American dream that can never be reached, yet remains an idyll to live for, to aspire too.
While these digital artworks almost have a photo realistic aesthetic, a painterly quality, they are infact created using original photographs that are heavily manipulated through photoshop; flattened, the perspective and colour heightened, before being collaged together to create a single image.
The result of this highly complex process is a series of pictures that refute reality while simultaneously intensifying it, creating a hyper reality that mirrors the ordinary everyday lives of people living in America, a satire, a cartoon, a space for us to project our feelings about what we see on the street, on the TV, in magazines. What’s most strange about Soria’s composites is the absence of people. They are rarely present. Instead his photo montages leave us in a world devoid of humanity, of society. It’s a post – apocalyptic landscape of empty buildings, roads advertising, branding and signage. The remnants of a consumerist age. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
Life’s journey is about attaining the idea of wholeness and perfection. We are constantly trying to reach the top and always wanting more, however we can never achieve absolute perfection. We must accept the good with the bad; that there is no one perfect thing. The quest for happiness and the feeling of being whole relies in oneself. While we constantly try to fill the void to feel whole, we must stay clear on our paths and avoid the distractions that life throws our way. Once we realize the gifts we already have, and keep a calm clear mind, only then will we reach true “perfection”. My works represent life’s journey; the need to feel whole, the good with the bad; they are reflection of life itself.