A Limited Edition Fine Art series exploring Mixed Martial Arts.
Excerpts from the Exhibition Proposal.
‘Fight’ takes you ringside and examines the headspace and intrapersonal mindset of MMA athletes in battle. The use of a long lens right next to the fighters creates a tight, in-your-face style of portraiture. Many of the images portray the fighters in their own space, both physical and mental. By photographically isolating a fighter in the image, removing context through exposure and lighting, the images speak to the physical space to be contended with in the ring – the open air before a jab, an empty mat before a takedown.
Photographic isolation also belies the mental space the fighters occupy during a match. The dark background on many of the solo images is a blank space open to interpret the way a fighter processes split-second timing and instinct.
This gives further weight to the idea of physical and mental separation both inside a fighter’s mind and in relation to their surrounding – under bright light, alone against an opponent and inside their head.
This series is comprised of up to 24 colour prints in three sizes: 13 x 19″, 20 x 30” and key pieces at 36.5 x 55” for added impact. The work has captured international interest. Artist Taner Ceylan sold a hyper realist painting based on “Too Much Punch” in 2009 at Sotheby’s London for $130,000 CAN. The piece was featured on the catalogue cover for the first major Turkish contemporary art auction held outside Turkey. Editions from the first release (Too Much Punch) have been sold to collectors in Greece and the United Arab Emirates.