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Visual Artist Uses PANTONE Swatch-Like Chips To Create Erotic Artworks
By Yap Yen, 15 Mar 2016
We previously featured classic paintings recreated with PANTONE swatches.
Visual artist Nick Smith is back with a new series of artworks that is inspired by erotic literature.
His series titled ‘Paramour’ was created with his signature ‘color-chip’ methodology, combining modern nudes with excerpts from Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays and other racy text from DH Lawrence, John Cleland, EM Berens and Sarah Walters. The series explores love, lust and appreciation of the female form, combining it with classic literature to tell stories of illicit love through evocative imagery.
According to Smith, his color-chip designs were inspired by the days of dial up, “when images loaded pixel by pixel and you’d have to wait for the image to slowly form.” He was especially intrigued with how much information was needed to recognize an image. For ‘Paramour’, Smith’s images were heavily dictated by the content and form of the chosen excerpt of poetry or prose. The meter of a Shakespeare sonnet informed the size and shape of the image, with a 140-word poem resulting in an artwork made up of 140 color chips.
‘Paramour’ runs from 18 March 2016 to 16 April 2016 at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Head over here for more details.
[via Creative Boom, images via Nick Smith]
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