Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hockney's Joiners and Cubism

David Hockney started making photo-collages, or joiners, as he called them, in the 1980's. Hockney started with Polaroid prints and then later used 35mm commercial processed prints. According to Hockney he created the art of joiners on accident. He like the idea of using a wide angle lens, however, he did not like the distortion they caused. He like joiners because the final piece created a narrative  as if the observer is walking through the setting of the picture, looking at it from multiple perspectives. The fact that the photos that make up a joiner are taken from multiple perspectives makes the work very similar to cubism. Here are some examples of Hockney's joiners:

Cubism was pioneered by artists like Pablo Picasso and  Georges Braque in the 20th century. It was mostly used in paintings and sculptures. In a normal piece of art you view something from one viewpoint. However, with cubism the artist attempts to depict a subject from multiple viewpoints. This results in a more abstract form. Here are three examples of cubism by Picasso:

 "Three Musicians"
 "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"
"Woman's Head"

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