Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daily Practice 76/365

Title: "Gerhard's Curtains"
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There is a certain serendipity to this image. I was reading the Gerhard Richter biography last night, and in the late 1960s Richter started to move away from making paintings from mundane photographs. During this transition period he made several paintings that had all the appearance of being photographs, but he had used his imagination instead for source material. The paintings consisted of vertical bands of light and dark tones slightly blurred, and took on the appearance of being paintings of draperies, although that was not his intention. All the same, the paintings had a great deal to do with that fuzzy line between photograph and painting, something Richter was very interested in.

This image has the appearance of being light coming from a window behind curtains. But really, it is a photograph of light reflections in a roll of mylar I had standing against a wall in the studio. Just bands of light and dark tones that give the impression of a somewhat mundane subject. I like that ambiguity because it says a lot about the qualities of light and the hazy line between abstraction and realism in photography.

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