david hockney: me draw on iPad david hockney: me draw on iPad
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 image © designboom

exhibition view of digital paintings on iPhone image © designboom

closer view image © designboom

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 image © designboom

gallery view of the triptych slideshow image © designboom

start-to-finish animation of the creation of one of hockney’s portraits image © designboom

documentation of hockney’s process at his home studio image © louisiana museum

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