Big mind – small body

Today I was watching a video of David Hockney talking about his exploration on space, I thought that his questions are pretty interesting but I also think that his approach to a solution is quite “flat” and at some point I wanted to interrupt him to point out a different approach to the problem.

His work really inspires me, and I want to go beyond what he has accomplished. At one particular point (5:50 min), he pointed out that the format made the painting easy to transport, this triggered a connection inside my head, it seems that depicting reality over flat surfaces has a pretty straight connection with what is functional on a physical level, so I started thinking about my research paper and again I found traces of this idea where the physical aspect of reality and therefore our physical body tends to mediate what our mind is able to express.

In another part of the Video (8:07), Hockney says that “two dimensions don’t exist in nature” and then hi tries to explain that it is a problem of scale because if a canvas were huge then it would feel like a mountain, a bit further he refers about how we feel space and says that while standing in front of the Grand Canyon, he felt it like a 3D space but sometimes he could feel it as a flat image.

In another interesting part (13:20), he says that “we see space through time”, I really like this Idea because it makes a lot of sense, how ever, I still thinking about the problem of the flat image.

At the end he talks about how he experienced 3D cinema and how disappointing it was, he also makes a vague reference to Virtual Reality.

My reflection

Although artistic expression might be triggered inside the mind, it has to mediate and cope with the demands of the physical world in order to become physical expression (I am trying to  leave digital art out of this discussion). After doing a research on this matter, I  have got the idea that through the history of painting, physical world has had always the last word on how things are created.and that one of the biggest consequences of this is that painters from the 21th century, are still trying to depict the experience of reality over flat surfaces.

For me this is a mayor concern as I think that it is possible to evolve this way of depicting reality even for static images like paintings.

Self-portrait#4 – Expanding the image

I Spent almost 3 weeks working really hard on this piece for the interim show, I have to say that I did learn a lot as I did try to push the limits of my technique, I feel that I really did sculpt this piece rather than just cut out pieces.

With this piece I want to push the limits of the flat image, expanding it and bending it to unleash its representative potential. Basically I am trying to create a self portrait that looks back creating a loop around the represented subject.

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Right now, I feel that I should do more pieces with subjects to find new ways to compose them inside the 3D space.

Landscape #9 – Challenging perspective systems

After almost 3 months I was able to finish this piece, It was a big challenge for me for many reasons, I think that I did face my biggest fear towards painting i.e. sculpting the canvas.  At the end I feel I did learn a lot from making this piece.
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At the moment I feel that I need to keep taking more risks while enjoying this new sculptural adventure.

Multiple points of view – 3D composing

I was thinking that I could make a piece using different perspectives from different characters.  focusing on what they are looking at.  maybe painting what is important for them in a three dimensional shape.

In this way, I could use “focus” as an active element inside the composition, Like I did in my self portrait connecting my self with the reflection of my self in the mirror.

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Exploring the physicality of the image

Today I was thinking that perhaps I explore the physicality of the image in order to make sense of the way I recall things in my mind. Somehow I feel that memories have this 3D information attached to them, so far, I have made quite a good amount of sketches exploring different options:

Man in bench.

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A walk through ambiguity #2

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A walk through ambiguity #3

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Others #1

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Stairs #1

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Others #2

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Self-portrait#4

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For me, the process of reshaping the image on a three-dimensional shape allows me to connect with it on a physical level. What is more, it allows me to expand and even dislocate the perspective of the photograph.