Art & Design: David Hockney’s Apple Art, Paris

zeitgeist_12_14_2010.jpgFor the last two years, Pop artist David Hockney “painted” over 600 hundred flowers and sunsets with an iPhone application called Brushes. Unveiled on October 20th, at Yves Saint Laurent’s former home, Fresh Flowers displays 200 of Hockney’s non traditional still lifes on 20 iPads and 20 iPhones that are turned on for 24 hours a day, and can receive new paintings from the artist himself.

Hockney began to work without a canvas when he realized that he could conveniently and beautifully capture the luminosity of a sunrise on his iPhone. “From about late April to July, the sunrise would hit me in bed,” he explains. But, “if I’d had a pencil and paper by the bed, I wouldn’t have drawn a sunrise.”

Fresh Flowers closes at the end of January. And then all 40 digital devices will be shut off and the art will disappear. “It’s not the traditional painting,” affirms installation designer Ali Tayar. “It really doesn’t exist. It’s just light on a screen.” With gadget as canvas, Fresh Flowers ushers in a new era of art exhibition. The lingering question, though, is: can this art endure after the iPads and iPhones are turned off?

Fresh Flowers
is on view from October 20, 2010 – January 30, 2011 at the Fondation Pierre Bergé- Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

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