The project ‘Screen Lovers’ comes from a photo book of iconic movie couples of the same name. The images are all romantic, sexually charged film stills throughout movie history. ‘As I looked through them, I really wanted to see them come together, touch lips, make love, whatever comes next, so I started folding them into one another’, states Eli Craven the artist behind them. Craven is an American artist, whose work explores the role of images in processes of socialization through photography, found imagery, sculpture and collage. However, he creates pictures and objects that suggest something tangible behind the surface of a photograph itself. By gathering imagery from collected magazines, books, his personal history, and with a delicate blend of humor and melancholy, they are reconfigured to interrogate the ostensible values of the original.
All images © Eli Craven