Thursday, December 6, 2012

Assignment 5: independent proj (post 2)

Here's the 2nd post about the independent project.
The painting was turning into a field of self-portraits. In a sense the painting was retaining/exposing the memory of the previous steps: showing the process which is something digital imagery cannot do without looking super-contrived. Digital cameras are fantastic at capturing a split second and recording millions of colours beyond what our eyes can recognize . . . but each frame/image does not have a connection with the frame/image that just came before it. Photography and video are great medium to capture time . . . but only linear time (ie. 3:00-3:15). A painting can capture lateral time: the underpainting done on Nov 2 shows through when worked on Nov 4 which plays off some marks which have been obliterated and reworked from Nov 3. Kind of a stretch . . . but it's an idea I'm still working out :P
The development of the field below:
The baseline for the field: figure-ground becoming confused 

Adding colour now to evoke glaring hues of a monitor

Scraped back. The greys begin to act as a lift-off point for the raw hues.

Reinforcing the colour: also solidifying some shapes

Interesting ridges and textures begin to form and helps to fragment the image

Playing with the balance of grey and colour

Scraping the wet paint back with a squeegee brings the viewer back to "This is paint on a flat surface!"

Strengthened some contours with line . . . not sure if it was needed . . .

Developing a really nice thick surface of paint! 

A few final touch ups!

At this point, we had our crit for this assignment. Some of the feedback I got was that I could push the field idea a little further by having some of the yellow hot spots on the periphery of the canvas because it still looks like figure-ground. Another comment was that even though this is a reaction to/stab at the screen, it still shares alot of common ground with it: the static-like quality in some areas and the language of the skype image (ie. here i am in front of my laptop taking screen shots of myself). This painting relates closely to Gerhard Richter's representational paintings were he has painted closely from a commercial photo of (for instance) a flower which he then reasserts the plastic nature of the painting by blurring the edges with a tiny brush.
Here's my final:

Memory Screen, 48" by 36", oil on canvas, 2012


Anonymous said...

This is very cool. Seeing the whole progression gives a greater appreciation for the final painting. Wish I could see it in person as you can't really tell the paint textures well on screen. Anyway haven't been to blogspot in awhile- I'll look at more of your work.

Pete Kohut said...

Thanks :)