|"Close" Up", Self Portrait - Kevin Imper August 2016|
Artist Chuck Close's career was (and is) an endless reinvention. His attention to detail and the minutiae of production itself is part of what attracted me to him in the first place. His incorporation of the framework grid into his finished work particularly intrigues me. As a Photorealist painter he was skilled at using a grid layout to accurately transfer his source photos onto a large canvas. In his early graphics works he started allowing the grid itself to become part of the artwork. Eventually it evolved to all but take over completely, but this early mezzotint image of Keith Hollingworth is a good look at the beginning of that evolution. Still pretty subtle at this point in his evolution.
Keith, Mezzotint – Chuck Close 1972
The look of that period when he had just begun to show the “underlying structure” in his finished work is what I am trying to duplicate in a “Close Up” series of photos. In my introductory image the grid has been laid down on top – it does not rise up out of the image itself. I will have to work on that.