Archive for May 29th, 2008

dust-closeup.jpgApologies to any rednecks reading. So…how many of you have ever heard this said by a bystander – and intended as praise – for a painting? Why would something “looking like a photo” be a GOOD thing? Possible explanations:

  • Many species of animals are generally unfamiliar, so total verisimilitude is expected
  • Animal art, as a genre, has heavily emphasized photo-realism (to the detriment of artistic expression, perhaps…?)
  • An unsophisticated viewer of art might consider this, indeed, as the highest compliment

The image, BTW, is a rather zoomed-in crop of a recent painting – the kind of piece that one would assume probably wouldn’t be mistaken for a photo. At least, I hope not…

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