Monday, August 24, 2009

Who is afraid of black and white?

The first painting exercise for school, almost one year ago, involved doing a collage of a painting by Vermeer, 'The Astronomer' in my case. The exercise taught us to see the world around us as an abstract black and white painting, as meaningless shapes in various shades of gray.

Keeping the original, or actually a xerox of the original, upside down, I spent a few days identifying the various shapes, finding a matching value in my set of pre-painted sheets of paper, cutting out the shape with a razor-sharp scalpel and glueing it into position. And this was only the beginning...

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