Resolution and Recognition

Portrait #1                                             recognition sometimes requires a certain knowledge of the technique
Portrait #2                                                                                  a technique to avoid recognition 
portrait #3                                                                                                               modern Moroccans a manufactured technique 
portrait # 4                                                                                                                                                          technical difficulties 
portrait  # 5                                                                                                                                                     homey as a plastic man
portrait # 6                                                                                                                      an out of focus man or just plan “people”
portrait # 7                                                                                                                                                          recognizable person
distorted, and abstracted people are OK – realistic , nude, or recognizable people are less popular. Does this mean people are more comfortable with abstraction or is abstraction less of a commitment?

6 thoughts on “Resolution and Recognition

  1. Frances

    I don’t know the answer, but grow more confused about the entire notion of popularity. Right now, my taste does not incline in the direction of popularity.

    Guess this could change with a different breeze.

    Best wishes.

  2. susanna

    Good idea about the pixeled faces, Robert. The first painting of the green man has me smiling. It reminds me of the UFO painting you currently have up on the wall in your apartment.

    As for your question, I know that when I sold my art photos, buyers went for the images that showed body parts or where the face wasn’t in focus or the person recognizable. Maybe most people are uncomfortable displaying artwork featuring strangers on their walls – maybe it’s like we’ve invited the strangers into our homes. What I like about your artwork is that there’s a story quality to it. I think that the paintings up on your walls and the bottom one here on your blog and the one that you were working on when I came to visit you and Elizabeth last week are like film stills. There’s something going on in the painting.

  3. lisa hermanson

    People may be more comfortable with generalized images, being able to ascribe their own narrative to it.
    But here Robert, I really can’t always tell which are the painted images and which are the photographs!


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