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The Studio, March 28th 1985

The Studio, March 28th 1985
Signed Print

David Hockney

Digital Print, 1995
Signed Print Edition of 45
H 84cm x W 106cm

Critical Review

This signed photographic print by British artist David Hockney is entitled The Studio, March 28th, 1995. In 1995, created an installation entitled Snails Space With Vari-Lites (1995-1996). The large-scale piece was exhibited at Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum in the same year. As in the signed print series Snails Space, this print captures a birds-eye-view view of this mixed media installation piece, a striking and remarkably unique element of Hockney’s wider œuvre that makes an extended use of abstraction. In this particular print, a smaller study positioned on an easel echoes the forms of mixed media piece, assembled on the rear wall and floor of the studio. Captured by a photograph, Hockney’s interest in this scene suggests some kind of rhetorical exercise concerning spectatorship, and the mise-en-abyme effect. The limits of the canvas are no obstruction to the willed distortion and elision of boundaries between artwork, gallery space, and photograph. Commenting on the genre-bending nature of the piece depicted in this print series, Hockney once said: ‘The original painting is on two canvases measuring 84 by 240 inches, but I decided to continue the painting on the floor immediately in front of it, so we constructed a three-dimensional extension using real cubes, cones, and cylinders’.

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