© Irwin Berman/courtesy of Palm Beach Photographic Center.
Irwin Berman’s “Sitting Man”, involves manipulation of conventional photographs using a heavy metal call Barium, which is used in painting and in Medical X-Rays. His unique technique is called ‘flottage’ because the Barium is floated and shaped over the photograph using brushes and sculpture tools. The photographic paintings are then exposed to X-Ray light, creating a transparency. In each of these works his intent is that the resultant XRay transparency will become an “infrastructural expression of the original photographic substance, as if a virtual spawn of the parent photograph.”