Saturday, May 30, 2009

Versions of Realism 1 (hyperrealism/ photorealism 2)

For Ralph Goings it’s a more painterly photo-realism, peopled, and with a less composed air. The one-off of the snapshot. It’s still crazy sharp, and chrome, but there are carefully un-careful moments that force one to look at the light for narrative. Four Decades of Realism, his website header reads, as opposed to photorealism or hyperrealism. It's easier to see an analogue in poetry for Goings as opposed to Monroy, or is that just my imagination?

Tally Ho Diner

Hot Sauce
SoHo Sabrett

Half & Half Creamer

My paintings are about light, about the way things look in their environment and especially about how things look painted. Form, color and space are at the whim of reality, their discovery and organization is the assignment of the realist painter. --Ralph Goings, 1978


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