David Hockney: Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011
Considered one of the most innovative artists of the postwar era, British-born David Hockney (b. 1937) has, throughout his career in Los Angeles and England, adopted various new media in order to investigate perception. Embracing cutting-edge technology including Polaroids, iPad and iPhone drawings, and most recently film, Hockney explores new ways to depict movement through multiple perspectives of a singular event. This exhibition introduces Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos (2011), in which eighteen cameras, fixed to Hockney’s car, record drives through Yorkshire’s landscape. The film is displayed in a multi-screen grid that generates a larger, intensified image. For Hockney, these multiple perspectives “force the eye to scan, and it is impossible to see everything at once… [It] gives back the choice to the viewer, and hence…brings about possibilities for new narratives.”
LACMA has long championed Hockney’s work, with over 150 paintings, drawings, and works on paper in the museum's collection. LACMA also organized David Hockney: A Retrospective (1988), and has hosted David Hockney: A Drawing Retrospective (1996) and David Hockney Portraits (2006).
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Images: David Hockney, Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011, eighteen digital videos synchronized and presented on eighteen 55” NEC screens to comprise a single artwork, 27 x 47 7/8 inches each, 81 x 287 inches overall, duration: 12 minutes, 9 seconds, Courtesy of the artist. From top to bottom: May 12th 2011 Rudston to Kilham Road 5pm, May 11th 2011 Woldgate Woods 1:45pm, May 11th 2011 Woldgate12:45pm, and May 25th 2011 Woldgate 8:45am. © David Hockney. All Rights Reserved.