By altering well-known historical paintings, multimedia artist Čedomir Vasić highlights the manipulation of remembrance and foregrounds notions of erasure and revisionism—relevant and urgent matters in our own time.
Čedomir Vasić uses photoediting tools to carefully remove the persons from paintings of watershed historical events; he seamlessly fills the resulting voids in the landscape or room interiors. Devoid of human figures, the narrative painting is stripped of its original meaning and message.
The original and the altered images are combined during a lenticular printing process—a digital technology used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.
As the viewer moves in front of the artwork, the images shifts back and forth from the original narrative to one emptied of the historical context. An intermediary, ghostly, image allows the viewer to consider both the original composition and the altered scene simultaneously.
December Morning in the Cathedral, 2018
Lenticular print, 29-1/4 x 46 in (74.30 x 116.84 cm)
After Jacques-Louis David (French,1748–1825), The Coronation of Napoleon, 1804 (1805–07, Louvre, Paris)
July Day in the Colonial State House, 2018
Lenticular print, 30-5/8 x 45-7/8 in (77.788 x 116.523 cm)
After John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843) Declaration of Independence, 1776, (1818, U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.)
December Evening in an Important Town House, 2018
Lenticular print, 23-1/8 x 46 in (58.74 x 116.84 cm)
After Ivan Tišov (Croatian, 1870–1928), The Unification of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, 1918 (1924, Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade)
January Day in the Hall of Mirrors, 2018
Lenticular print, 31 x 36-3/4 in (78.74 x 93.345 cm)
After Anton von Werner (German, 1843–1915), The Proclamation of the German Empire, 1871 (1885, Schloss Friedrichsruhe)
Christmas Morning on the River, 2007/2018
Lenticular print, triptych, 46 x 81 7/16 in (166.84 x 207.33 cm) overall
After Emanuel Leutze (American, 1816–1868), Washington Crossing the Delaware, December 25, 1776, (1851, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Expecting Guests, 2018
Lenticular print, 29-7/8 x 39-7/8 (75.88 x 101.28 cm)
Jennie A. Brownscombe (American, 1850-1936), Washington Greeting Lafayette at Mount Vernon, 1784 (early 20th century, Kirby Collection, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania)