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Meet Carson Lynn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carson Lynn.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Even since my first computer, I’ve been creating digital art. I was utilizing basic pre-installed programs to create artworks in middle school, and in high school, I started to experiment with photo-manipulation using images I found online. Eventually, I figured it would be more advantageous to take my own photographs, so I started to pursue photography.

Over the next couple of years, I started to lean towards more conventional photography because I thought that’s what I had to do in order to be successful. After struggling with my own art and the medium of photography in general, I rediscovered my passion for photo-manipulation and haven’t looked back.

Please tell us about your art.
I utilize photographic techniques to create abstractions that serve as commentary on the limits of photography and how those limits influence how we see the world. My personal definition of “photographic” is very loose. I consider anything created using recordings of light to be a photograph, and that could be a sculpture made using infrared scans, a video game created using photographs as textures, or even music utilizing data from a digital image as the basis for a tone.

I also juxtapose many different types of imagery together to blur the line between physical reality and virtual reality. Some of the mediums I have utilized include large-format analog photography, video game screenshots, computer-generated imagery, and iPhone photography.

I hope that when people look at my art, they begin to look at photography differently; not as a tool of representation, but a tool of abstraction.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Art is and always will be political. Artists use their respective mediums to showcase their viewpoint of the world, and stifling their voices will only serve to make them louder. Artists are always some of the first to stand up for the oppressed.

As a Jewish abstract artist, the political climate has had a huge effect on my work. In 1937, the Nazi regime hosted The Degenerate Art Exhibition, using it to label Jewish artists as insane and uncultured. Donald Trump has used the word “degenerate” to describe modern art before, and with literal Nazi marches happening in the streets, I am incredibly worried that we might see a repeat of history. But in the face of this terrifying possibility, I have not backed down from my abstract art, and nothing will ever stop me.

(source for Donald Trump quote: http://www.artnews.com/2016/04/04/absolutely-gross-degenerate-stuff-trump-and-the-arts/)

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The easiest way to view all of my work is at my website. I post work-in-progress images on my Ello page, https://ello.co/carsonlynn, which currently has more than 11,000 followers.

You can support me at my online TicTail store, http://carsonlynn.tictail.com, or at Eye Buy Art, http://eyebuyart.com/content/artists/carson-lynn, where I am currently selling limited edition prints with more being added soon.

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