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David Hockney’s ‘Fresh Flowers’: Techno-Art or iHackery?

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Posted on Dec 22, 2010
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Still life with iPad: David Hockney works his Apple gadgets for all they’re worth in “Fresh Flowers.”

This isn’t the first time that David Hockney has dabbled in the realm of digital art, but the images in his latest exhibit, “Fresh Flowers,” wouldn’t exist without the aid of Apple products—specifically, his iPhone and iPad. They also couldn’t be shown without those same gadgets.

Hockney’s iOuevre, as The Atlantic’s Alex Hoyt put it, isn’t exactly ringing critics’ chimes in every case, but making masterpieces—or tons of money—may not be the goal of this exercise, at least according to the man who curated the ongoing show at Paris’ Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.  —KA

The Atlantic via Gawker:

The commercial art world seems to think the jury’s still out about Hockney’s iPad period, according to Charlie Scheips, the show’s curator. Some have dismissed it as his latest dalliance. Yet for Scheips, the opinions of the art world miss the point of a show about the creative use of a new, intimate medium.

“Fresh Flowers” began with Hockney creating an image and zipping it off to a dozen friends. Though the paintings look like fluorescent Matisses, in spirit they’re descended from Mail Art, the absurdist movement pioneered by Ray Johnson and his New York School of Correspondence in the 1960s. That band of artsy pranksters made works out of anything—rubber stamps, postmarks, signatures, photocopies—as long as it fit on a postcard they could send to the world.

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By frecklefever, December 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

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By Anarcissie, December 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

Castaneda—or Castañeda—has been compared to Coyote, one who teaches us the truth by faking us out.

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By SoTexGuy, December 24, 2010 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Para mí sólo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazón, cualquier camino que tenga
corazón. Por ahí yo recorro, y la única prueba que vale es atravesar todo su largo.
Y por ahí yo recorro mirando, mirando, sin aliento.

For me there is only traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have
heart.
There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.

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By frecklefever, December 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

HIGH ART LEAVES AN EMBRYO INSTILLED THAT LASTS A LIFETIME..WHAT I HAVE SEEN OF
HOCKNEYS STUFF DOSENT REACH THAT LEVEL..IN MY OPINION..AS AN ASIDE CARLOS
CASTANEDAS WRITINGS ON SORCERY DOES REACH THAT LEVEL..EVEN THOUGH HE IS
DISMISSED BY SOME AS A FAKE…THERE IS TOO MUCH WISDOM PRESENTED..AND IF HE DID
PRETEND..HE GOT TRICKED MY A MUSE HE UNKNOWINGLY TAPPED INTO..THE GREEKS
ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR MUSES..AS I DO..HIS SORCERER DON JUAN MATISE ENJOINED THAT TO
REACH THE STATUS OF THE MAN OF KNOWLEDGE (WARRIOR) ONE MUST BECOME A
SAUNTERER…HAVING WALKED MY FIRST ELEVEN YEARS IN THE SAND HILL COUNTRY..THEN
SIXTEEN YEARS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY..THEN THREE YEARS THE COAST AND MT
TAMALPIAS..THEN FOUR YEARS THE SWEET REWOODS..THEN NINE YEARS MAGICAL CASTRO
PEAK..THEN TWELVE YEARS IDAHOS BLACK SOIL PALOUSE..AND NOW I WALK THE GREAT PLAINS
AND GODS BLACK HILLS…AND DON JUAN WAS RIGHT..WALKING IS AN ADVENTURE..IT IS
MEDITATION..IT IS PSYCHIC HEALING AND SPIRITUAL..AND MOSTLY IT IS REALITY AT WORK..SO
WALK YOUR ASSES OFF AMERICA IT WILL HEAL YOUR WOUNDS

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By Ekahn, December 23, 2010 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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Techno art hmm sounds interesting

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