David Hockney: Me Draw on iPad
8 April - 4 September 2011
Hockney began working with the iPhone in 2008, and his subsequent discovery of the Brushes application as well as other “apps” enabled him to produce works of extraordinary variety. Since that time, the artist has created hundreds of images, on both the iPhone and the iPad ranging in subject matter from flowers, plants, portraits and self-portraits to landscapes and still lives. Hockney in his early works in the medium used his thumbs and fingers to create full-color images directly on the device’s screen, modifying the color and hue and layering brushstrokes of various widths and opacities. Recently, the artist began to also use a stylus designed for the iPad.
In 2001 the Louisiana presented a retrospective exhibition of Hockney’s work entitled David Hockney - Painting 1960-2000. In 2007 the Museum acquired the artist’s large-scale painting A Closer Grand Canyon, 1998 consisting of 60 smaller canvases joined together instead of one view, which soon became one of the Louisiana’s most treasured works in its collection. It is precisely this struggle for the gaze which is still going on and the connection between eye and hand that he is exploring in these new iPhone and iPad drawings. The world is right in front of us sensual and intimate as well as entirely overwhelming at the same time.
Hockney loves looking and drawing and has said that his current work in all media has allowed him to see and feel nature much more clearly. He draws to see, and he calls it self-deception if we assume we have seen all the dimensions of nature.
David Hockney: “Me Draw On iPad” is curated by Charlie Scheips. The design of the exhibition has been created by architect Ali Tayar.