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Mark Frauenfelder at 12:54 pm Thu, Feb 14, 2008
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Paintings of iconic musicians made from colored disks at Buzz Coffee in Los Angeles (323-656-7460). I can't remember the artist's name, but they are selling for $1000 each.
But for some relatively minor technical and media differences, it’s the same damned idea, big close-up heads with some pastiche of pointillism/halftone, only less interesting. You can throw a smidgen of Close and Warhol and a dash of Serge Leone into the stew too, for that matter – also more interesting.
You want patience creating some of the finest artwork in history with tiny, tiny TINY, TIIIIINY dots…
Merci, Georges-Pierre Seurat.
Jim Blanchard does it better.
The most easily forged art conceivable.
…unless that doesn’t mean what I think it means.
I think they’re a bit basic. With even a single half-tone colour, the artist could have made some sort of shading in the face.
I know that’s a choice the artist made, but I think I’d like it better if they had some more depth-levels in the colours (like the shadowy one). Its just a bit flat.
no hate tho :)
Valid comment Arkizzle. I happen to be a fan of really flat, limited color art. Of course, I like the not-so-flat stuff, too :)
I have a strong suspicion that the artist (I’m resisting the temptation to use scare quotes) ran some photographs though two Photoshop filters (pixellate and indexed color), then recreated the results with colored disks. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I guess.
I have a strong suspicion that the artist (I’m resisting the temptation to use scare quotes) ran some photographs though two Photoshop filters
Or used the Rasterbator:
I have a couple of these in my apartment.
Thanks for the link :)
C’mon guys, the word is EMBIGGEN.. sheesh!
That double-post took 28 minutes to surface :)
This is a lot like a style of art that I’ve been doing where I use thumbtacks that I’ve painted different colors to make a mosaic type painting: http://www.artistportfolio.net/index.php?secret=141&artist_id=9733
Okay that third picture looks like old Greg.
It’s too bad that Buzz Coffee (at Sunset 5/Virgin plaza) turned wack when the ownership changed a few years back. Besides the prices, it used to be a meatspace equivalent of Boing Boing. The guys behind the counter were friendly, knowledgeable rockers and geeks, the ever-changing art was cool, and the atmosphere was chill. People like Mila Kunis and Andy Dick and even Michael Jackson (shopping at Virgin) used to come by. Matt Damon bummed some smokes from us. We used to watch an indie movie upstairs, and then discuss cool and weird stuff over many cups of coffee. You know how Los Angeles is just a big village, and has these LA-only replacements for quaint folksy things? Well, Buzz used to be the equivalent of a small town diner, where friends gathered for a malt. Then, when the owners changed, prices went up, quality went down, the ever-changing coffee-jockey lineup had no skills, and neither I nor the dozen or so friends who used to frequent have been back. It was an end of an era.
Kind of rehashed Roy Lichtenstein.
Even with your example, it’s nothing like lichtenstein.
Lichtenstein used a sinlge flat colour and modified its brightness with a black layer of halftone dots. Even without being technical, they don’t look at all similar.
#14 & #15 I liked Gavin Rain better, possibly only because his website shows the detail of his work. Its quite hard to appreciate Jim Blanchard’s work without some prior knowledge.
It’s completely different from Lichtenstein.
There’s a South African artist, Gavin Rain, who does some interesting work in this style…more “pixelism” than pointillism, but it’s a powerful technique because of the “a-ha” moment that comes when you realise that the mass of dots before your eyes has shape and shading and form…
those are pretty cool…what patience it must have taken to create them. If it were me doing it, there would probably just be a pile of dots in a corner because I would have likely thrown them across the room.
Are they really “paintings”, though? Should we call them “dottings”? :P
Yeah, it’s SO much different than Roy…