Saturday, November 20, 2010

chuck close.

On my last job we used to do work for the gallery that represents artist Chuck Close. I always wondered what attracted me so much to his work and I have concluded that is most definitely because of my obsession with grids and methodically/mathematically developed artwork and designs.

here's an excerpt from Wikipedia about his work:

"However, Close continued to paint with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape, creating large portraits in low-resolution grid squares created by an assistant. Viewed from afar, these squares appear as a single, unified image which attempt photo-reality, albeit in pixelated form. Although the paralysis restricted his ability to paint as meticulously as before, Close had, in a sense, placed artificial restrictions upon his hyperrealist approach well before the injury. That is, he adopted materials and techniques that did not lend themselves well to achieving a photorealistic effect. Small bits of irregular paper or inked fingerprints were used as media to achieve astoundingly realistic and interesting results. Close proved able to create his desired effects even with the most difficult of materials to control." (source)

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