Digitalised Chuck Close

Posted: March 30, 2010 in Certificate of Design & Visual Arts, Painting, Photography, Practice in Context, Research

I found this youtube rendition of an interview with Chuck Close great.

The first connection to my essay and my last blog is with the video image itself, the way it is replicating his style of painting by digitalising the moving image. As Close moves in the video, the digitalised image moves, keeping pace and constantly changing. The black and white imagery is much bolder than if it had been in colour and provides much more contrast. It is amazing that by taking the focus out of the video, you lean back in your chair and listen harder to what is actually been said. I believe Close would have been pleased with this outcome, as he would liken to his initial desire to make all parts of his paintings to have the same importance – or – that no part is any more important than another.

The second connection is in the interview itself.  Close is talking about his style, and how some have credited him with predating the computer with his digitalised paintings. He doesn’t discount the thought, and he comments that some of the interest in his works may actually be related to that idea.

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