POPULAR EXTRACTION

Popular Extraction is an examination of celebrity, popular culture, and reinvention. What do celebrities do with their time and wealth? How do they reinvent themselves, and why do some celebrities spend time bettering the world while other's party their lives away?

The creation of simple iconic images are used to explore how some celebrities reinvent time and time again. Popular Extraction represents how I feel some celebrities are perceived across popular culture.

Created using Processing and Illustrator, this series seeks to digitally regenerate celebrities in the viewer’s gaze. The use of minimal vector icons to remaster celebrity profiles eliminates a layer of complexity, speaking to the perceived shallow approach of celebrity reinvention. As a series, Popular Extraction aims to create a repetitive visual representation of the aspects of personal reinventions – from Britney Spears to Che Guevara, Sean Penn to George Michaels, and Steve Jobs to Anna Nicole Smith – through a never satisfied, social critical gaze.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Che Guevara

Che Guevara