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Hockney Inspired Artwork
November 14, 2011, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire and Kensington, 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 is known for his work with photocollage; using varying numbers of small Polaroid snaps or photolab-prints of a single subject, Hockney arranged a patchwork to make a composite image. 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. 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.

Here are a couple of images as examples of his photo collage work.

Back in my second year, I was looking at creating a Hockney styled image to animate to music for my Performance Video project. However, I never followed up this idea… until now. I want to create a similar styled piece for my documentary, in which I have a montage of different video clips all joined together to make up an entire scene. I’m not sure what the outcome will look like, but I’m going to give it a try and post up a test version of it on this blog entry.


Today I decided to try out the Hockney technique of collaging images to create an overall distorted image. In my case, it was going to be a collage of videos to create a distorted scene. I used after effects to help me compile and arrange the clips.

Here’s the video:

It’s quite an unusual look for a shot, but I guess this is part of pushing the boundaries and trying something new. It does turn an ordinary shot into something quite eye-cathing. It’s visually a piece that requires time absorb all the segments of videos clips that have been compiled together.


I did another test. The useful thing about this technique is that it gives you the freedom to cram more into one shot.


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