Saturday, May 30, 2009

Versions of Realism 1 (hyperrealism/ Photorealism)

For Bert Monroy, it’s in the chrome-like details. And then the details of the details, as you take the works down to the pixel, past, or at the edge of, how the eye can see. His works are composed on the computer, which allows an insane level of color saturation and clinical detail. Is all of the world suddenly uniform? Every speck planned? Is there a contemporary analogue in poetry?

Damen, 2006
As a photo-realist painter, I have often been asked why I don’t just take a photograph. Good question, when you consider my paintings look like photographs. Well, for one thing, I’m not a photographer. To me, it is not the destination that is important—it is the journey. The incredible challenge of recreating reality is my motivation. —Bert Monroy


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