2011/06/07

Animals in Art - Roger Ballen


Many people say my work is quite disturbing. 

I am so pleased to hear that. What a great thing!



Animal Abstraction, 2002



Artist's statement:

I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.

My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.

If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.

Roger Ballen




Portrait of Sleeping Girl, 2000



Loner, 2001



Squawk, 2005


Puppy between Feet, 1999



Puppies in Fishtank, 2007



Culprit



Appearances, 2003



Guardian, 2001



Bite 2007



Predators, 2007


Terrorized, 2006



Contemplation, 2004



Prickles, 2002




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