So. I went for an interview yesterday.

A nice girl by the name of Nel turned out to be also very beautiful. The interview took 10 minutes, and the first thing they asked me to do was NOT to twit, facebook or blog about it until the actual broadcast. That’s it. Sorry, folks!

But!

I went to the exhibition of David Hockney’s work at the Royal Academy, and that’s what I am going to twit, facebook and blog about. Heed!

First: it’s very impressive. It impresses by:

  •  the scale of the exhibit
  • the scale of many paintings themselves
  • the thoroughness of David’s research of any subject (if the man goes after something, he really goes after something)
  • the mastery of the gadgets the old man displays
  • the gift shop.

We know he loves big. He is also good at small. He’s got the range sorted.

When working in a small scale, he still thinks big and finds a way to make a collection of small things into a big issue. Mostly by grid method. Also, sticking to the subject matter and looking at it from different angles, creating a time line, making a performance.

In the audio (£3.50 extra), he reveals that his ancestors were agricultural labourers (as if anyone is any  different here… Although, some of us might be descendants of aliens and on other planets there may be no agriculture at all…) who followed the pace of seasons, watched the nature. He is thrilled to find himeself following in their footsteps now, albeit in a different capacity. He says, he learned to plan ahead, just like they had to, anticipating the seasons and planning and pacing accordingly. The show displays that spectacularly. The landscapes of the same places at different times of year, dressed up in colours of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and executed in a variety of media and sizes is a triumph of forward thinking.

I was most taken by the digital media – iPad pictures and videos.

Yesterday, I intended to visit the exhibition, but later changed my mind in favour of going to the Apple store to play with the gadgets and ask questions. The idea was to see if I need any. Well, I soon got bored, because I couldn’t see how to apply them to my create processes. And as there was still time to kill, went to David’s exhibition after all. And he showed me!..

How to paint with an iPad in a most spectacular way! Not the technicalities, of course, but the end result. And that’s all one needs to get inspired and to want to learn more. I think, Apple people should pay him for brilliant  marketing job. I personally am buying an Ipad!

David Hockney iPad art

Hockney's iPad artDavid Hockney iPad art

I would also like to buy several video cameras, 18 huge flat screens, computers to process it all, a team of technicians to do the filming and editing and a dance company to throw in as well. Because what he did with all of that is: amazing, beautiful, mesmerising, innovative, spectacular, fascinating (in spite of my dislike of this word), impressive, meditative, fun, logical, playful, and so on… I recommend.

And finally, the gift shop.

There are books. A number of them. By him and about him, but mostly by. Which indicates that every now and then he swipes aside his doodling and gets down to (a lot of!) researching and writing about the things he thinks about.

I think about things. But did I write about them? No. Did I research the subjects in depth? No.

The gift whop was my biggest inspiration. One day, I want to have a show which would display the breadth and the depth of my work and my persona, AND at the exit I want to have a gift whop full of stuff, and people would be buying it all like creasy. Like I did buy “Secret Knowledge” by David Hockney and it is brilliant! So, that’s my wish.

The exhibition runs at the Royal Academy 21 January – 9 April 2012. You must go.