Space and Place: Reconstructing Time Square



Giorgio de Chirico, “The Evil Genius of a King” 1914-15. Oil on canvas



Dorothea Tanning, “On time off  time” 1948. Oil on canvas


Georgio de Chirico, “The Anxious Journey” 1913. Oil on Canvas

First we researched examples at The Modern Museum of Art (MOMA) to seek a better understanding of depth and pictorial space in 2D artwork. I found that I connected most with the more surreal paintings like the ones above, and also noted their dramatic perspectives and similar architectural details. Dali is one of my favorite painters which is probably why I connected with the surreal aspects of the paintings.

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Next we visited Times Square and took many different photographs of people and interesting perspectives. These are a few I captured.


We then chose newspaper photos we had in our notebooks and did a manual mapping of perspective lines.


We chose a photo from our Times Square photos to focus on it’s particular perspective of the buildings.


We then did a linear perspective mapping of the photo we chose in Adobe Illustrator.


We took the same perspective lines and created a drawing of our own space based on the inspiration we got from Times Square and MOMA.img_0246

This was the final product after we brought the photo of our drawing into photoshop and proceeded to illustrate the rest of the image digitally. For my Final I took the Surreal inspiration from the previous works, as well as the architectural inspiration from the MOMA paintings.


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