The Incredibly Real Yet Distorted Art of Jens Hesse
By: Dayna Spinner
Where most of us groan when a distorted satellite signal mangles the image on the TV screen Jens Hesse finds inspiration. The majority of Hesse’s works are inspired by a variety of digital aberrations- deliberate and otherwise- such as datamosh and interlacing issues, which are particularly infuriating for those of us in the video world. What is so interesting is that he is taking something that is about movement over time and transforming it into something that is static and stuck-in-the-moment. I can’t help but wonder if there is significance behind what portion of the images he chooses to distort in his work, especially regarding the portraits. Not to mention what does he draw upon for reference, does he distort the image then paint it?
This fashion designer turned fine artist has taken his former profession and turned it into an integral part of his process. When Hesse was in fashion design he worked mainly with denim products. As an artist, the “canvas” he chooses to use for his distorted works is corduroy. The use of this textile further achieves his ends of painting distorted images simply by its textural nature.