39. Approach

Posted in Weekly Project by robbiekarmel on September 30, 2011

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  1. Pip said, on September 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Terrific self portrait.

  2. Jo said, on September 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Rob, these are fantastic! Love the first one in particular. Great self-portrait.

  3. Conrad said, on September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Rob, I think you have solved the problem of giving a 2 dimensional drawing depth. Any one of the three panels in isolation could only look flat, as any 2d drawing does. But the juxtaposition of three mutually perpendicular planes places the image in the context of a cube. It illustrates how strong the imperative is for our brains to reconstruct a cube from its 2d perspective outline falling on our retina: the image within the cube is automatically reconstructed along with it. The positioning is perfect, so the head appears to rest comfortably on the floor of the cube, leaning against the back wall. The combination of the apparent translucency of the head and the fact that it is disembodied gives a slightly disconcerting feeling that adds to the realism. I am reminded of the head of John the Baptist on a plate.

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