david hockney: me draw on iPad
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oct 11, 2011
david hockney: me draw on iPad

copenhagen’s louisiana museum exhibited david hockney’s digital paintings in ‘me draw on iPad’

presented at the louisiana museum of modern art in copenhagen, ‘me draw on iPad‘ is an exhibition of the digital paintings
created by british artist david hockney using the iPhone and iPad with the ‘brushes’ app. the installation
includes 20 touch iPods and 20 iPads mounted along the walls, on each of which several paintings are exhibited
on a sequential loop. a large-format triptych slide show directed by hockney displays additional works,
while several projections showcase footage of hockney’s process and a start-to-finish animation playback
of several pieces. over the course of the exhibition, hockney occasionally sent new iPad drawings via e-mail
to be added to the show, illustrating an interesting potential that the digital medium offers for museum exhibition.

while hockney originally created the works on iPhone, using only his fingers,
his more recent paintings are created on iPad using a combination of fingers and stylus.

viewers who missed ‘me draw on iPad’ can find an exhibition under the name ‘david hockney’s fresh flowers
at the royal ontario museum in toronto, canada, on now through january 1st, 2012.

installation view of the iPads
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exhibition view of digital paintings on iPhone
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closer view
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from the museum curators:
‘it is [the] struggle for the gaze […] and the connection between eye and hand that [hockney] is exploring
in this new iPhone and iPad drawings. the world is right in front of us, sensual and intimate, as well as entirely
overwhelming at the same time.’

exhibition view
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gallery view of the triptych slideshow
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start-to-finish animation of the creation of one of hockney’s portraits
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documentation of hockney’s process at his home studio
image © louisiana museum

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