Monday, April 03, 2006

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Artnews has a couple really good articles in the current issue. The first story Slides and Prejudice talks about the on going debate with painters who choose to use slide projections and pictures to work with versus those who do not. Although a lot of artists work from a main image or a sketch some go as far as projecting images onto the canvas and tracing the beginning outlines. Some artists like Damien Hirst use assistants who do all the painting and use magazine photographs to paint from. Many other artists are included in the story including a good quote from John Currin, "With photoshop, you can get your ideas pretty far along without drawing. But that's why I stopped using it. In Photoshop, everything becomes completely divorced from the physical side of painting - and that's the whole point of it. Drawing on a computer screen is depressing. I'd rather be looking at porn."

The other story, Multiple Personalities, is about painters who work with a variety of materials that stretch past the traditional painting materials of acrylic and oil.

4 Comments:

Anonymous peebo the monkey child said...

art in america had a nice article on fluxus also

8:09 PM  
Blogger SHANNON & AARON TUCKER said...

I read the painting article. I briefly used a projector to tranfer drawings onto large paintings but found it very robotic. I think people are getting attention as great painters but really they are just skipping steps. It bugs me, but only when people think I can't draw well because I dont do it.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

We have at our disposal all of the technology of the past centuries....why shouldnt painters use them?

It is only bad if the technologies are abused, and if the artists have no integrity.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that matters is the art. If it is good, then who cares how it was achieved, its good. If it is bad, who cares how it was achieved it's bad. Gett over it. The scale artists are working the projector only makes sense. Now to call them good drawings may be a stretch but all the masters used optics and enlargement techniques so whats the big deal?

5:30 PM  

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