Davis Samuel Stern was born in 1982 in Highland Park, a suburban city in Lake County (IL, USA). He had his MFA at the Washington University in 2006 and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The images we are showing are the result of two photographic prints of the same subjects, physically weaved together. He starts by taking two portraits of the same person to then carefully cutting them apart before fusing them into one another to create an interesting pattern and surprising texture. The attempt is to direct portraits with a sort of abstraction to allow the subjects to hide within themselves. As Stern says on his website: “In hiding something we reveal others”.
The chosen palette is light and airy to maximize the effect given by overlapping the two sides of the same human being. Two different emotions are often present, creating an interesting dichotomy of the internal character. The portraits seem to be caught in one mid motion, a mix of two attempts of an action.
The photographic prints are transformed by their alteration, creating a painterly atmosphere. David Samuel Stern’s method is simple yet powerful. However, the abstraction of his work also hides elements and details of the portraits as well.
In the past few years he has been featured in several creative international magazines and has already exhibited both in various solo and group shows.
Discover more about him here.