Davis Hockney: A bigger Exhibition Blog Post
By Isabella Allegro
I went to see the Davis Hockney exhibit at the de Young museum today and found it to be really interesting. I was really blown away by the size that Hockney works at with some of his works being created using multiple canvases and being as large as an entire gallery wall. His range of media was very impressive. He worked in everything from oil paints, watercolors, and charcoal and even in video and on his ipad. Even though he used and clearly can master all of these mediums his work still feels connected by both style and subject matter. He focused much of his work on portraits of friends and colleges as well as the outdoors and the massiveness of being outside. The works exhibited ranged from 2005 to 2012 and he worked in both England and the United States. Hockney was originally associated with the pop art movement but is now known as one of the most influential contemporary artists of our time.
I loved his use of contour in line, especially in his watercolor works. He pays close attention to patterns and shapes. He wants the viewer to focus on the details that so many people pass over and take for granted. The textures that he uses are amazing. His work created a child like scene with his use of colors and bold lines. As far as proportions go I feel like the heads on all of his portraits were too small for their bodies and the hands a bit too big. I found it amusing that most of his portraits did not have fully rendered hands and most did not have any fingernails.
My favorite pieces were the cubist videos of the woods in the different seasons. The way that work was displayed made me feel as if I was there in the woods themselves. The way that each camera was at a different angle made the viewing experience feel a bit off and was very successful in creating a cubit moment. His large multiple-paneled oil painting of the woods was by far my most favorite piece. I love big works that make you feel swallowed up by them. His paintings made me feel small and engulfed in the colors he used to depict the wooded scene.
I found his portraits in both watercolor and oil paint to be rather boring. They all were seated figures in chairs with a plan blue background. I thought his collection of portraits created in charcoal evoked a much stronger reaction. They felt much more intimate and real.
All and all I really enjoyed this exhibition and as always I love the de Young. My only major complaint was the price. It was $26.00 with a student discount! I lucky have a membership and was able to get in for free.