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A while ago I did a little spotlight on the mesmerizing work of Jordan Bolton, and now I’m back with our conversation about his process and inspirations! Happy Friday, friends.
how would you describe your work?
I call them ‘photographic posters’, where I create the poster like a set design which I then photograph and this photo serves as the poster. My recent film posters in the Object series are made by recreating objects from a certain film and organising them relating to the film’s themes. I like to think it’s a new way of seeing the film even for someone who has seen it multiple times, like experiencing a film purely through its themes and colours rather than its story or characters.
how has your creative life evolved over time?
The posters started when I was commissioned to make 9 artworks about 9 different iconic Manchester bands for an exhibition at Manchester’s Piccadilly Station. Originally I was to use lyrics from each band in their artwork, but once I realised this would cost too much for licensing the lyrics I decided instead to make each artwork like it was a poster for a show the band played in Manchester. This started me making posters and I’ve been doing it ever since, from that exhibition, to events in Manchester and now to films.
how do you feel about the flat lay photography phenomenon?
I’ve only found out about the term flat lay through it being used to describe my recent posters. I came to the idea of laying out objects as a way of best seeing each object and to certain an interesting pattern, but from what I’ve seen of flat lay photography I think it can create really great results and the idea of depicting a place or person by the objects they use is an interesting idea.
your photographs are filled with such thoughtfully curated objects. do you consider yourself a collector?
I don’t have specific collections of anything, but I’m always looking through charity shops and pound shops for objects I can use or paint to create a certain object for a film poster.
My studio is full of hundreds of random objects from past posters, so right now I’m starting work on a new poster and I’m going through all this stuff to see what I can use to create something new.
where do you go for visual inspiration?
My main inspiration comes from comic books, specifically those of Chris Ware (Building Stories, Jimmy Corrigan, The Acme Novelty Library). He has these hugely elaborate and complex yet minimalist designs, in the way that you can look at a page all at once and it looks clear and beautiful, but then you can look closely at these miniature details that reveal even more, and I suppose that’s what I’m trying to do with posters, create something which you can stand back from and see as an interesting image in itself, but one that reveals more about itself the closer the viewer looks.
So there’s a dessert phenomenon called naked cakes but I suck at frosting cakes and I like making things in rectangular pans and bread sounds healthy so: naked bread. All you do is frost the sides and then scrape them with the flat side of a butter knife and tada, hipster.
You can also just dump all the frosting on top, which is *very* good.
how i made it:
barely adapted martha’s recipe (added 1/2 tsp cardamom). whipped up 8 oz cream cheese + few tbsp butter + splash vanilla + dash salt + squeeze lemon juice + powdered sugar to taste. spread it thick & sprinkled with pepitas.
I was all excited to make a collage about the new Harry Potter book (I mean play … but it’s canon … but it’s not actually entirely written by jk? but it’s canon …) but reading it left me feeling very conflicted so I went with Stranger Things instead. I’ve seen two episodes and a snippet of the third and I am terrified but I like it. I’m still not sure it warranted quite the Internet explosion it received but whatever. Anything that celebrates the eighties is automatically cool with me!
Also anyone else considering an Eleven costume for Halloween?