Artist Sandro Kopp recently exhibited his paintings of friends as seen on Skype. He calls it a hybrid of a painting done from life and a painting done from a photograph. He has always questioned the form of creating a painting from a photograph as opposed to from an actual 3D object. The Skype mode of visual strips away the presence of 3 dimension but kept the elements of engagement and time passing intact. The ‘sitter’ stays connected to him on Skype throughout the duration of the painting which is usually 3-5 hours. The best part is the flaws of unclear imagery and false lighting that the skype chats create are apparent in his work. His subjects are friends(well known people) like photographer Ryan McGinley, designer Haider Ackerman, jewelery designer Waris Ahluwalia and his girlfriend actress Tilda Swinton.
|John C Reilly|
|musician Patrick Wolf|
|artist (centre) with Ryan McGinley (left)|
|artist with Haider Ackerman|
|actor Thomas Kretschmann|
“…And my impression is that, because people are in their own environment and because a computer is a less imposing presence in the room than a person is, they are perhaps more relaxed and less on guard than they would be in an ordinary portrait painting scenario.”
“I think the tension between such an ancient tradition and the modernity of the technology involved is the very fuel for this piece… I love it.”
– Sandro Kopp excerpts from an interview with Another magazine
All images are taken from the internet.
For more information on artist Sandro Kopp visit www.sandro-kopp.com
‘Not a still frame’ exhibit is on at the
78 rue des Archives , Paris 3, France
Not cool like Kopp’s sitters, but on Skype now under Lovestruckcow