Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pointillism: New Style

"A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Seurat has to be one of the most famous paintings that there is. It especially received a large amount of publicity when it was showcased in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". I have seen the painting before viewing the movie, but it was not until seeing the movie that I truly appreciated it. Originally I had thought that it was just a painting, a little fuzzy to add "character" or something. However, a scene where the camera switches from the character viewing the painting and the painting itself, zooming in each time, which made me realize how complex the painting is. The entire painting is made by pointillism, or dots.  
It is amazing the time an effort put into pointillism, especially the size of "A Sunday Afternoon...". I was reminding of a fairly new technique of art that I stumbled upon that must have been inspired by pointillism. There is an artist by the name of Chen Chun-Hao (and more) that is basically doing pointillism with nails and a nail gun. You do not get the complexity of colors through the nails, but they are NAILS! And the painting? or rather art pieces entail exquisite shading and depth. If viewed in person I'm sure there would almost be a 3D effect. This technique is driving everyday nails that carpenters use to make pieces of art. Amazing. Let this not take away from the "A Sunday Afternoon..." for there is no comparison in the time and depth spent creating different levels of divisionism to create such a large piece. All I'm saying it is interesting as to how modern artists are putting their twist past techniques to create a new distinguishable style.

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