Imagine your face on the wall of the
Museum of Metropolitan Art, flaws like blemishes and nose hairs exposed for the world to view up close. If you were a friend or fellow artist of Monroe-born painter and photographer Chuck Close, you might have been immortalized in such a way. Known for his hyperrealistic portraiture, Close has taken larger-than-life personalities like Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, and Philip Glass and enlarged their rather ordinary faces in various waysartist Lucas Samaras, for example, stares intently from a grid of rainbow-blotched pixels that are only visible close up. A master printmaker for going on 30 years, Closes visual tricks are different for nearly every portrait. A Couple of Ways of Doing Something
at Tacoma Art Museum includes 15
daguerreotypes (when an image is exposed onto a mirror-polished surface of silver, creating a shimmering, finely detailed representation) of some of the aforementioned luminaries and a self-portrait, accompanying an Aperture book of the same name. Each daguerreotype is a base which Close uses to create other works, including tapestries and photogravures. And in the book and exhibit, each one is paired with verse by poetry-slam innovator Bob Holman, a celebrated New York School poet since the 1980s. Gallery tour: 6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 20. Artist lecture and book signing with Close: 2 p.m. Sun., May 11. Show continues through June 15.
Wed., March 12, 2008