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HyperReal

About this stash

A small collection of photorealist and hyperrealist paintings. Whenever I look at them I try to imagine how my eyes would see the scene differently and how it would change the atmosphere (photo- and hyperrealist paintings are often based on photographs and purposefully contain artifacts from the photographic process foreign to how the eye sees, e.g. lens flare).

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Charles Sheeler. Yankee Clipper. 1939.

Charles Sheeler is a bit of an outlier. He is commonly seen as a proto-photorealist, employing many of the techniques to create photorealistic canvases that the photorealists would later use, but he also created a fair amount of more abstract work that can be lumped in with the Precisionists, a group of American painters working in the 30s and 40s.

This painting, Yankee Clipper, is part of a series on 'power' commissioned by Fortune magazine. With these works you can see hints of abstraction, or an unearthly cleanliness; the subjects of Sheeler's paintings are idealized and lack the flaws and imperfections that all material objects must have.

Maybe I'll delve deeper into another of his paintings another time.

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Richard Estes. The Plaza. 1991.

I'm not sure what to make of the lack of window sheen/glare looking out. Certainly it is purposeful and moves the view outward, instead of keeping the viewer looking at just the interior of the bus. I guess the biggest hangup I've got about the window's complete transparency is that I find it impossible to unsee the window's nonexistence. It reminds me of the TV scene transition where the camera zooms in "through" a TV screen into the televised scene. An interesting choice, to say the least.

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Ralph Goings. Quartet. 2006. (the lid cover of the stash)

I could stare at Going's work for ever. The light reflecting and diffusing on and in the ketchup bottle is amazing. Yeah, it's just a still-life of what you'd find on a table in any diner in America, but it's also so much more.