Friday, June 18, 2010

flirting with technology

"Each of the works in this new show were finished in under two days. Shown for the first time in Europe, the pieces include landscapes of Hockney’s native Yorkshire, and portraits of his siblings, friends, and associates. Like the series, their titles are playful, such as “Less Trees near Warter.” Hockney is flirting with technology, and taking advantage of its increased efficiency. It is not unusual for Hockney to work through different modes of technology; as a photographer, he has used a Xerox machine, iPhones, a Polaroid camera and even fax machines. Now that PhotoShop has advanced to where Hockney can use it to create highly detailed “paintings,” with the people and places in the artist’s life as his subjects."

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