you may know by now, a holographic portrait of the Queen has been
commissioned as part of the 1204-2004 celebrations. BBC Jersey's
Ryan Morrison had the opportunity to interview the artist Chris
Levine about the portrait.
Portraiture of the Queen is normally associated with more 'traditional'
media than those your work is known for. How do you think your portrait
will be received?
The nature of my work invites question - the very mode of expression
is unfamiliar and I hope this deepens the impact of the visual signal.
My creative process has distilled the work to a hypervisual iconic
image and it represents the latest evolution of imaging. The future
starts now, all that has been is history.
course I am very proud to be granted this opportunity and I take
responsibility very seriously - and with great pleasure. I am not
a portrait artist in the conventional sense - not by a long shot,
yet Ihope my sensibility for visual expression and innovation in
the use of light validates why I was commissioned to do this work.
installation created for the British Council Office in Tokyo
by Chris Levine.
Photo: Yukihiro Yamada
its honest simplicity, innovation and sense of purity, I hope it
will be recieved for the modernity and creativity it represents.
Lit in a single frequency of blue light, the experience of percieving
the image will be amplified and memorable.
RM: With the Queen at the centre of the portrait how do
you intend to "symbolise and celebrate Jersey"?
I have incorporated the three leopards in such a way that they feature
as a holorgraphic 'watermark' - they will appear and dissapear depending
on the angle of view. It is only with this imaging process that
this could be achieved in such a way. The nature of the work in
terms of medium I hope conveys a sense of modernity that represents
How do you see the function of your holographic portraits as opposed
to more traditional mediums such as oil paintings or stone sculptures?
We live in an age where technology is becoming increasingly
entwined with humanity - we are in a technological revolution and
it is natural that my work is accepted of the age, contemporary
along side and born out of tradition.
We understand that Her Majesty sat for you in November, can you
tell us how the work is coming along?
I have much footage and am editing and distilling the material.
I used two recording techniques, a linear rail digital camera system
and a 3D computer scanner - the combination of this data gives me
fertile scope for developing the work.
been granted a second sitting later this month to shoot more footage
and I am thrilled at this - it was unexpected and I am very pleased
that her majesty found the experience positive.
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