Documentary Realism

Paul O'Kane and Sophie Cummings

With the overwhelming amount of visual and written information being presented to us through broadcasting and publishing channels, we are seeing the emergence of conflicting news reports on the economy, war on terror, celebrity culture and the celebration of wealth in a time of mass unemployment, food banks and social poverty. It is within this context that an increasing number of artists are returning to the “aura” of the authentic art object and claiming it as their own. In doing this they are using the traditional genres of still-life, urban landscape, satire and modern history painting by commandeering the images they find on the internet, in newspapers, magazines and from their mobile phones. They are then reflecting the mass-media back on itself.

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