Monday, December 1, 2008

Vik Muniz, Elizabeth Peyton, and Xu Wentao

It just occurred to me that I haven't been posting recently. Me fix!


Vik Muniz is a Brazilian-born printmaker who works with photographic processes, such as cibachrome. This particular process, also known as ilfochrome, is a "dye destruction" process that lends a distincly graphic appearance to the shadows in Muniz's work and, as it comprises the brunt of his featured works on ArtNet, may be assumed to be Muniz's prefered image-making method. An interview blurb I glimpsed at on Google suggests that he works in other mediums as well, but his website doesn't provide information to either confirm or deny this.

On ArtNet
Vik Muniz Official Site




Elizabeth Peyton, on the other hand, clearly does work in multiple media, from photo-silkscreen on glass (see image at right) to Ukiyo-e woodblocks to oil on linen. Just like Muniz, Peyton's preferred subject matter appears to be the figure, and in particular those of Victorian-era personages, contemporary musicians, and other such celebrities. Most of her work relies on visible brushstrokes to convey form and volume, which in turn imparts to them a latent kineticism.


On ArtNet



Xu Wentao was born in Wuhan, China, in 1968 and currently teaches oil painting at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts. He, too, works from the figure, but often it is just that - the figure as composed of torso and limbs. This is usually brought about as a result of cropping so close as to block out the head and neck, thereby creating imagery that is more about the line and negative space that the limbs provide rather than about the bodies themselves. The rendering of light and shadow is also quite convincing, and particularly impressive when water refractions are introduced as per the image to the left.
On ArtNet

-Mike

2 comments:

Carol Faber said...

I really enjoy this photo. Your explanation of the work I thought was very intuitive. Thanks for finding Xu Wentao to share with us.

Carol Faber said...

Sorry, I meant to say oil painting. That makes this piece even more interesting to me.