Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress

In this short video, we are introduced to the philosophy of Chuck Close, painter, photographer, and printmaker. The work of Chuck Close is both unusual and inspiring for its contradictory effect, becoming something like an enigma. On the one hand, we have a living image that produces a visceral response in the viewer. On the other hand, distortion and abstraction serve to emphasize the central role of process and artificiality. As Philip Glass says, “Chuck’s work was always about making work, and how the work was made. And the result was the image, so the image became a kind of carrier for an idea.”

Chuck Close’s website

Thanks to WhatisArtDiscuss for finding this video!