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05 May 2013

Note to Self: Artist Chuck Close

A blog post by the always inspirational David Gran (The Carrot Revolution) introduced me to a video I hadn't seen before.

Note to Self: Artist Chuck Close from grant doug on Vimeo.
Chuck Close gives advice to his 14-year old self.

You will, I hope, want to know more about Chuck Close.  Check out the WIkipedia page about him, and this page at ArtsNet  about his painting.

Chuck Close on Creativity (link):
"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art ida.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you didid today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
and from a page at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
"Some people wonder whether what I do is inspired by a computer and whether or not that kind of imaging is a part of what makes this work contemporary. I absolutely hate technology, and I'm computer illiterate, and I never use any labor-saving devices although I'm not convinced that a computer is a labor-saving device."