I’ve been thinking a lot about landscape painting. I don’t have anything scholarly to add to the discussion. I just think it’s a subject I would be interested in painting. I found some old landscape drawings from undergrad while cleaning out a closet. I remember thinking they were crap. Now I kinda like them.
Then, I came across an article in the NYT about David Hockney’s new landscape work. The color and gesture are energetic, abstract, and alive. Attached to the article are short clips shot by Coluga Pictures of Hockney painting in Yorkshire.
Hockney talks a lot about photograph and how it can’t capture the real feeling of a landscape. Painting produces emotional reactions that photography struggles to find. I wonder if that’s why we have fallen in love with Polaroids again? The distortion and happenstance quality of a Polaroid creates an nostalgic emotion that can be difficult to find in picture perfect. Check out David Hockney’s show at the PaceWildenstein in NY through December 24.
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