Hockney, photography Research.

Thinking about my final project


The point of this whole experience/term in our third year is to help us think more creatively and steer us towards developing our projects presented at the end of the year as part of the Degree show. I am continuously thinking about this in the work and research I have been doing. I have decided to look deeper at photography and different styles and techniques as I find it really interesting and I enjoy it and those two things alone make me want to persue using photography for my final project.

We are very lucky at home to have SKY+, we got this because we have such busy life styles that we can not often kep up with the programmes we enjoy watching. We take a little time each week to sit down, switch off and watch something on television. My husband is always very thoughtful and records anything he thinks I might find interesting, this can range from the new series of Project Runway to a biography on an artist or celebrity. We both enjoy watching various types of documentaries and programme, my husbands choices usually ranging from 1,ooo ways to die to Ice Road Truckers and the occasional episode to Chop Shop. He recently recorded a documentary called Hockney on Photography. It is a documentary on the Artist David Hockney, featuring his incites into his work and methods.

After watching this I decided to do more research into his work. I found the following website, apparently an official site featuring his work. I can not show you any work fro this site as it has strict copy write code featured on it but I can direct you to the site via the following address:


Researching Hockney has really made me think about photography. He has had a fair few mentions in the press with controversial comments on many different aspects of life, there is an interesting article featuring one such comment on the guardian website from June 2007. Hockney states in this piece “I think we’re not in a very visual age. You notice that on the buses. They don’t look out of the window. People plug-in their ears and don’t look much… It’s producing badly dressed people…”. Basically what he is talking about is the fact that we as viewers of the world do not stop to actually see it, we plug-in our ear phones and stare at our iPods as we ride the bus or travel along, what happened to appreciating the world, people watching and simple watching out the window. Our seminar leader in the last session before reading week was encouraging us to explore video art, encouraging us to do something new, be more creative and it boarded me silly. Why spend all this time creating things when as Hockney suggests we have lots to see around us. The journalist writing the piece on Hockney, Jonathan Jones likens him to Michel Foucault stating that he did not recognise the complexity of life, this is where I disagree, both Hockney and Foucault look at the world from a non commercial aspect, they look at what already exists not the newest thing both of their time. You can read this article/blog at the following address:


Looking specifically at Hockney’s work (of which there are vast amounts) his photography in particular it is a modern update on the cubits way of working. Hockney himself states that his influences are drawn from Picasso See following blog piece:


Hockney is an interesting artist to watch because of the diverse nature of his work, this extract from a piece on him gives you an idea of some of the diversity:

Hockney originally came to notice for his use of hundreds of Polaroid shots of a single scene, collaged together like little snippets of memory to create an overall mural of sizable proportions. His photomontage entitled Pearblossom Highway 11-18th April 1986, for instance, is some 78″ tall and 111″ long. The effect is that of a glimmering mosaic featuring a desolate desert highway where cactus compete with road signs in decorating the landscape. More recently, he has dabbled in everything from acrylic painting to set designs for such productions as Die Frau Ohne Schatten for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1992. Still more recently, he created a nine-minute stage set performance piece called A Snail’s Pace, in which coloured lights were the actors.


Looking at Hockney’s photography work is really inspiring, see the following links to view some of the different cubist style photographic montages.





What I find really interesting about his work is that as the extract above suggests they are snipits of little memories, each individual photograph seems to hold a different element of time and meaning. A deeper meaning of the piece can be gained from stepping back and viewing the image itself as it then seems to string together to tell as story. The medium of the Polaroid camera is interesting in itself as it captured a specific moment in an easy format. I would love the opportunity to tell a story in this fashion with tis technique of sloting images together.

People are always reproducing works by great artists or talking influence from there work. A friend currently working on his Masters produced a piece of work in 2008 that had cubist influences, it ws an Adam and Eve style cubist style portrait, I have sent him an e-mail to set up a discuss on Hockney as I am interested in his views as he has studied heavily into cubism and it interest me the way different people have taken this way of viewing the world.

I would possibly like to try making a cubist portrait for the memory section of the 310mc module as I feel strongly pulled toward this approach to seeing the world through the camera image.


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