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Felipe Cama Redefines The Forms Of Landscapes And Portraits Using Childhood Technology And Statistics

You might not know the term “Lenticular,” but it’s likely you spent some portion of your childhood marveling at little toys and knick knacks that utilized this simple piece of visual technology. Found in Cracker Jack boxes and pharmacy toy sections all over, lenticular prints are surfaces that display a different image depending on the angle you view them from. With those cheap-o toys in our past, we weren’t expecting to be wowed by lenticular prints in this day and age, but Felipe Cama has applied them to his own art and come out with something spectacular.

An object from his childhood inspired the After Post series, now showing at Ateliê Fidalga. Pictures made with the lenticular printing technique capture images of Northeast Brazil, each in two different forms: one is a picture taken by tourists and the other a painting of the same place by artist Frans Post.

“I’ve known this technique since I was a child. At that time, there were these little rulers made in Japan with pictures on them that you’d wiggle and the image would change. That’s lenticular!” says Cama, describing the simplicity of this concept. You can see the final results below:

After Post – João Pessoa (2010)

After Post – Ipojuca (2010)

After Post – Pernambuco (2010)

Cama’s latest work is in the Autorretratos Estatísticos (Statistical Self-Portraits) exhibition at Galeria Leme in São Paulo until November 10th. “They’re abstract images created from information and statistics about my life. Data about my everyday routine turned into images (with programs such as Excel and online services like Many Eyes), and then I work with them on Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. After that I paint or print them,” explains Cama.

In 2011, he recorded his moods and the time he spent with his daughter. He also recorded five years of his blood tests to compare the results. The amount of records, the time he spent dealing with each one, and his spirit at the time were some of the data recorded, which then became visual information. They’re self-portraits consisting of abstract images derived from from calculations using these numbers.

See below how the images can be milder and curvier depending on the subject (the time spent with his daughter, for instance) or more charged and chaotic like the one expressing his states of mind.

Self-portraits – Provenances (2012)
Inkjet print on cotton paper

Self-portraits – Tracks (2012)
Inkjet print on cotton paper.

Self-portraits – Daily activities (2012)
Acrylic on canvas.

Self-portraits – Contacts (2012)
Inkjet print on cotton paper.

Self-portraits – Time with daughter (2012)
Acrylic on canvas.

Visit Felipe Cama’s website to see some of his works.

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