Tuesday, April 15, 2008

David Hockney

David Hockney is a British artist who was an influential part of the 60's pop movement. Hockney is an all-around artist, who has done paintings, photography, and sculpture. Between 1970 and 1986, Hockney worked on what he called his "Joiners," or photocollages. Hockney would take a varying amount, anywhere from 5 to 150, polaroids or photolab prints of one subject or scene. He would take each one at a slightly different time and perspective, which would result in the work having a similarity to Cubism. In his earlier Joiners, Hockney would have his subject move in order to show the movements from the photographer's perspective. In later works, Hockney changed his technique and moved the camera around the subject.

Hockney actually dicovered this technique on accident. While he was working on a painting of a living room and terrace in LA, he took photographs of the space and glued them together in a grid. After seeing the polaroids all together, Hockney realized it was a narrative, leading the viewer through the room. At one point in his career, Hockney was exclusively working on his photography.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hockney)


Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1982, 1982
http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/yosemite/images/c_hockney.jpg


Pearblossom Highway, 11-18th April 1986 #2 1986
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/ftptoc/hockney_ext.html


My Mother, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, Nov. 82 #4 1982
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/ftptoc/hockney_ext.html

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