Jean-Rene LeBlanc Response
When I ran into this collection of Art, it struck me because of the overwhelming feeling that I have seen these pieces before.
Even though I may have not seen this collection of artwork before, I may have seen a similar collection with the same process by this artist once before. Either way, the thing that drew me to these pieces much like the ones I have seen in the past is the realistic way this fictional character is portrayed in. When you first glance at any one of the 5 pictures, you think you are looking at a real person, the closer you look and once you read the artist description, you realize you are actually looking at a computer generated character named Ramboy. Ramboy is actually a picture of an Avatar, which is a character you make-up on your own, with it's own personality, style, and look; each as different as we decide to make them. "Self-Portrait of a Ramboy" by Jean-Rene LeBlanc is a digital print on somerset velvet, which gives the digital print a more soft look, making the character Ramboy much more realistic. The character is a completely nude male, with these large protruding horns coming right out of his scalp. The character also seems to have this uneasy look on his face, which adds to the mystery of the piece. In each piece, the Ramboy holds a different pose, and although you never get a glimpse of his genitalia, you can tell by the body composition that it is a completely naked male. The pictures themselves look like photos of a nude model posing, with nothing in the background except for an Erie darkness. The picture itself draws you into the deep dark mystery that is this character and the unsettling background. The mystery is what really makes these pieces stand out and draw you in.