David Hockney


The Four Seasons very much appealed to me because I liked it’s simultaneous complexity and simplicity. The simple concept of seasons is very straightforward and taught to us at primary school level. The actual science and intricacies of seasons are incredibly complex nevermind their symbolism and how we as humans have come to give changes in weather huge emotional significance. All very interesting. This is all transformed well into the art Hockney has made here. There is the beautiful simplicity of four seasons on four walls in a room (this is also interesting when taking into consideration nature and man-made structures, we could just walk through this landscape ourselves outside, what is the point of recording it digitally and playing it indoors? The very fact that I am asking this question gives it a point.) It is the same place at a different time in each video. Then there is a very complex but simple thing done to the video which is putting one image/video at 4 individual times and then within these videos actually dividing them up into different times. How interesting! Time is one of these very strange things and I love how here Hockney has made one moment in time exist in many as one unit that now exists playing in a new moment of time.


Gregory Swimming has some of the same qualities as The Four Seasons. Using photography and water to create work is very clever because of the ambiguous nature of water. Hockney’s pool paintings were some of my favourite of his paintings. I did like the paintings but I think I get turned off because I am so used to walking round galleries looking at big paintings on the wall and I don’t get as much from them naturally, in terms of thoughts and critique. The sense of confusion but also peace that the above artwork brings is very interesting, very subtle and very powerful. The simplicity is beautiful.


Can’t find the whole image of this on the internet – it is called Self Portrait, Sept 30th. As I am very interested in infinite paradoxes at the moment this very much caught my eye. It to me was a subtle, striking version of an Escher piece. Escher used very complex mathematics to depict and explore infinite paradoxes but what Hockney has done here is so simple it is a self-portrait of himself drawing something. It forces the reader to assume that what he is drawing is in the moment and the moment has been captured and it is a self-portrait thus we may conclude that Hockney is drawing himself who is drawing himself and so on. I love the lack of embellishment to present this interesting concept. Just a very simple sketch.


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