Jim Kazanjian uses photography to paint a world that is weird and declining. Reminiscent of the pervasive decrepitude in the futuristic film "Blade Runner" his photographs depict progress as a kind of famine in the civilisation that it threatens. Nietsche, H.P. Lovecraft, and Oswald Spengler are the predecessors of this artistic movement that is stronger now than ever and the message is that the model for our time is not Buddha or Jesus, but Faust.
Kazanjian's message is strengthened by his use of photography as a pseudo-real medium. The image is convincing, however the boundary between fantasy and reality is obscure and thus haunting. Rather than an photographer Jim Kazanjian is a contemporary artist who has a mastery of digital techniques with which to manufacture his images.
Jim Kazanjian is an artist who was born in Los Angeles and lives in Portland, Oregon. His work is available at 23 SANDY GALLERY.