Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Large Interior

David Hockney's "Large Interior, Los Angeles" (1988). In this painting David Hockney applies a cubist treatment of geometry to open up the interior of a large, modern, urban living space. Here the conventional tunnel perspective of a regular image is exploded giving us a fisheye panorama of the entire space.

Large Interior, Los Angeles (1988) - David Hockney
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The viewer's attention is initially drawn to the central living area, but then begins to wander and explore, the fireplace, the kitchen, dining area, even an external deck and outdoor garden invites us toward it. The floor, furnishings, walls and all the contours of the ceiling faces are folded open but without loosing any dimention or becoming flat. Light pours through the skylights and exterior opening illuminating the main living area with bright vibrant colours.

A Hockney exhibition of Yorkshire landscapes opens at the at the Royal Academy of Arts in London next year. The exhibition runs from 21 January to 9 April, to coincide with the London 2012 Festival, for the Cultural Olympiad.

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