First Section - Terry Jarrard-Dimond - unfinished
Internationally know painter Gerhard Richter is a German born artist who lives and works in Cologne, Germany. I have been aware of his work for some time and while looking through the March 2010 Art in America saw an ad for the Edward Tyler Nahem gallery who represented Richter's work at The Armory Show - Modern this year.
The advertisement featured a detail of a work entitled Abstraktes Bild. The richness of color, texture and layering is a visual feast. I am not showing that work as I do not have permission to do so AND I want to encourage you to visit his website: http://www.gerhard-richter.com/
Here you will find extensive information on this visionary and enormously productive artist along with wonderful videos of some exhibitions. Look at the range of sizes of the work from massive to very small. Enjoy the galleries as they are huge. It's fun because you can hear what it sounds like to be in the spaces and the commentator is very good.
After several days of studying the image in the magazine I decided to monoprint a piece of fabric and use the colors and general layout of the work. Of course there is the issue of opacity which dye does not have but serves painters very nicely. I have seen flickers of the illusion of opacity with dye on fabric but certainly can not intentionally reproduce that lush surface at will.
Layer One - It appears green but it is an intense yellow.
Layer Two - Fuschia
Layer Two - Detail
Layer Three - Intense Blue
Layer Three - Detail
Full View of Fabric
The color of photograph is not just right but you can see the general idea. Rather than do anything with the piece as a whole, I decided to cut the piece up and try to do something a little different with each piece. One of the things I found of interest when I looked at the Richter videos was a small series of painting on glass where he presented each work in relation to a second slightly different work. I often work in a diptych format so I may try to find or create a companion for each section that I have cut.
Another example of a section.
In the coming weeks I will share the results of this process here at Studio 24-7.
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