David Hockney by David Hockney was first published in 1976 followed by the publication Pictures by David Hockney. Hockney desired, according to the editor's note in that latter title, that he wanted to make an album available that was unencumbered by any commentary "...believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work." It makes sense, as his life is dedicated to making pictures.
Being fans of Hockney's work, we think about images and commentary quite a bit and in many different ways. It's a core question. The power of the image, the semiotics of it, the cultural lens it can bare. In very recent development on the web, someone with no connection to us, will post an image of ours next to a ketchup bottle, for example. Or they will crop it and pull out three swatches from the image. It will appear next to some blog ad that's blinking. The sense of the composition in it's peripheral and intent is lost. Not for better or for worse, it's just changed.
As reproduction for images on the web isn't an issue, how can images be experienced in a static form. How can we show a sacred quietness to discover the space within them? Even on our website, we communicate a conscious flow of all our work.
This book will help us flip those dynamics around. Not waiting for taste makers to post an image, not waiting for someone to evaluate it, but us being able to form the entry point for the reader to meet the image, in quietness.
We have 27% left to go from our funding goal. That's $4,166. We don't take it for granted, because it's still a steep 119 pledges at the $35 tier... but we are working ferociously to make it happen.
We leave you with a Happy Friday and thank you again for supporting this content in this very format.
- Nadine and Nick