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David Hockney


PhotoUtopia Intro: Hockney’s joiners are far more complex than first meets the eye, they play on the camera as mechanical machine, and its ability to reduce the world to a two dimensional representation. By grouping multiple images together, Hockney flattens 3D space into 2D, allowing us to see the side of a portrait at the same time as the front; it allows time to pass, so a hand might move and appear in multiple photographs; Hockney even invents whole new worlds, as in Highway 2, which is a created landscape made up of image gathered from around the area. Time, space and reality are all altered in these works.

Wikipedia*David Hockney, CH, RA, (born 9 July 1937), is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire, although he also maintains a base in London. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
David Hockney has also worked with photography, or, more precisely, photocollage. Using varying numbers of small Polaroid snaps or photolab-prints of a single subject Hockney arranged a patchwork to make a composite image. One of his first photomontages was of his mother. Because these photographs are taken from different perspectives and at slightly different times, the result is work that has an affinity with Cubism, which was one of Hockney's major aims—discussing the way human vision works. Some of these pieces are landscapes such as Pearblossom Highway #2, others being portraits, e.g. Kasmin 1982, and My Mother, Bolton Abbey, 1982.

These photomontage works appeared mostly between 1970 and 1986. He referred to them as "joiners". He began this style of art by taking Polaroid photographs of one subject and arranging them into a grid layout. The subject would actually move while being photographed so that the piece would show the movements of the subject seen from the photographer's perspective. In later works Hockney changed his technique and moved the camera around the subject instead.

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