Project "Closeness"

This is project “Closeness”.

Watching people in reality, their complex relationships and communication, I can’t help but see how many are now moving away from each other, communicating exclusively through smartphones. People are pictures on the screen for each other. Glowing pixels. Closely look at the screen reveals just cold blue light and moiré pixels scattered on a white field. The project through abstract forms shows the human nature in a dense web of social networks, helps us to see real thoughts, feelings and emotions in its bluish moiré reflections and teaches to read them again in the real world.

All drawings are made with selfmade paint roller, ink on acid free 100% cotton paper.

"Closeness" No.1

"Closeness" No.1

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.2

"Closeness" No.2

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.3

"Closeness" No.3

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.4

"Closeness" No.4

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.5

"Closeness" No.5

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.6

"Closeness" No.6

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.7

"Closeness" No.7

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

"Closeness" No.8

"Closeness" No.8

Ink on Paper 59.4 H x 42 W cm

More to come.

Recently, all communication were transferred to online. People are pictures on the screen for each other now. Glowing pixels. If we look more closely or take a magnifying glass and look at the screen through it, we will see only cold blue light and moire scattering of lights on a white field.

The idea of the project came to me during an ordinary street walk, when I paid attention to the people walking around me, or rather to those moments of their real closeness, the warmth of which could be felt even while watching its brief moment from the side. It was then the idea of human proximity against the background of the total dominance of social networks came to my mind. Since there were about the same number of such "close" people as there were people staring at the screens of their gadgets.

I spent some time for field research collecting images of people and their interactions: couples in love, families with children, friends, making quick charcoal sketches, trying to capture the very essence of their closeness, graphic rhyme and rhythm. After that, the final implementation idea of the project was suggested by the smartphone screen itself: the same web, a moire of pixels that is clearly visible when viewed closely. I developed my own tool for making such prints and started drawing. Five instants, five impressions, five prints overlapping each over. Like those several moments when we can see people passing by in the real world.
In these prints you can see the figures of people, the flickering of the smartphone screen, their interaction and dynamics. Life. All of that and even a little more. Together.

Project continues...

If you'd like to purchase any of these works, please feel free to contact me at gggmania@yandex.ru