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The NGV in Melbourne has a major solo exhibition on at the moment, so Mum, myself and a friend Louise went off to see it. It is the work of a 79 year old, amazingly talented artist by the name of David Hockney. There are 1200 incredible pieces of art to see, of which there are 600 extraordinary and sometimes animated iPad digital drawings of still life compositions, self-portraits and large-scale landscapes.
Each room that was set up at the exhibition showcased the different styles of his art. The NGV always set up large exhibition so very well. The first room has small iPhones and iPads on the walls, showing you how he draws a picture, as well as some pictures that have already been done. There are 600 of these to look at.! It also has prints of them on the walls, and then larger screens (like iPads) where you can watch the drawing come to life. It's like watching his mind work, they are incredible.
The next room is of 4 large paintings, each made up of 12 panels. These were drawn of an area opposite a school, and then painted on the school wall opposite the area he drew. The room has 4 walls, each made of 12 panels, and is breath-taking when you walk in. There are only 2 pictures the same, the other 2 are of the same image, with something slightly different, mirrored on the opposite wall.
The 3rd room is mind-blowing as its video works that showed the changing landscape of his native Yorkshire. Each season had nine high-definition screens. Some are active and show the drawing as it would be on his iPad being done, and others are prints. They are made up of 4 sheets of paper that were mounted on Dibond. There were also the video screens of iPad drawings and prints of scenery such as Yosemite in the USA. One took my breath away, watch the video, even though it's small.
Room 4 was completely different, and well you can see that below. I was giddy from looking at the 4 walls of chairs, also 2 drawings mirrored on the 4 walls.
I have to say room 5 is a 60 metre long gallery lined with more than 80 recently painted acrylic portrait paintings of the artist’s family, friends and notable subjects, plus 1 still life of flowers. It was incredible
Hockney also investigated into video which was room 6, made of an 18-screen, twenty-two minute video of a room of performers.
In the last room were 4 amazing film/moving digital images of 4 different seasons of landscapes. My most favourite of them all was the Winter landscape. Enjoy :)
When Mum and I go to see an exhibition, we just split up and do our own thing. At one stage, she send me a text message to ask where I was. I found her and conned her into a selfie. I then sent the photo to her and said "right next to you".
We had such a great day. It's so difficult to take in so much mind blowing creativity with the large exhibitions, as it just blows one’s mind after a while, and your brain starts to shut down. I went back again a second time and looked at certain things in more detail again. It's magnificent, go and see it if you have the chance, if not, I hope that you enjoyed the blog.
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