MVR Artist Statement 2020-21
ConTEMPOrary Art px Impressionist
Michael Victor ▪ MVR
Pastels·XL Works first “Magnify” sensational hand-laid patterns of pastel grains imperceptible to the naked eye.. Most often they are truly microscopic. The micro Impressions or pxImpressions –pxims that result, which vary dramatically within and among works, become a fresh medium for artistic expressions. Then, in whole or in part, they “Amplify” an expressive immediacy in big, bold strokes authentically to great dimensions not possible with just my hand .
HARD Pastels Start to Finish
After Hard Pastel originals are ‘rasterized’ into pixels by scanning, I edit, refine, interpret and compose pxims by basic pixel-painting in Photoshop (PS). They morph readily. I employ advanced PS tools (digital ‘bells & whistles’) sparingly; more effective in spirit of original work are final compositional measures, color, and details overlain by-Hand with #HDPastels on archival prints.
Iterative Steps | Finishes
To achieve superior results for complex works, interim magnification, w pastel overlays, required.
Fusion Paint Media Old & New
While By-Hand & Digital processes co-exist currently, XL Works show with undeniable synergy they are able to fuse in concert together. Through such both leap forward -- the strength of each capitalizing on the strength of the other. Works demonstrate that traditional artist skills are adaptable and fully relevant again within a digital, social media world of art here to stay.
▪XL Process Base Media
An array of dry media advantageous for ‘mass drawing’ techniques -- as opposed to ‘line’ drawing’ -- create legible base pxImpressions. These include pastels, Conte Crayons, charcoal sticks, and graphite pencils. Black-and-white or grayscale artworks are suitable originals for the ▪XL Process. Color can be added digitally.
▪XL Process Advantages
• Incorporates endless supply of fresh hand-drawn effects, which are unique to every artist.
• Allows precision details at small scale, particularly for architectural elements.
• Facilitates 1) investigation into alternative compositions & features 2) replication of features tedious or impossible without digital means.
• Makes efficient, cost-effective ground color, as for pastels.
• Eliminates toxic pastel dust & toxic fumes from fixative sprays.
End results of the ▪XL Process are ▪XL Works. ‘Pastels·XL’ are one type of end works.
Cyclic Mixed Media Impressionist ▪XL Works| By-Hand + Pxl-Paint
The Birth of pxImpressionism Statement 2018
Digital painting leaped into my fine art work during 2015 inventory of my Landscape Pastels. When viewing segments of them magnified on a 19” monitor, the amount of fantastic textured-color effects held me entranced.
I discovered then that exponential enlargement of scanned 8”x10” Pastels make dynamic, striking renderings. Fertile* within are my signature ‘strength-of-hand’ color strokes written large, and, fresh textural effects -- barely perceptible in small originals -- that spring to life!
Expanding Opportunities for Artwork Rendered by Hand
My artwork below developed from ‘rasterized images’ – images composed of tiny gridded color ‘pixels’ once scanned --defy staunch conventional rules that magnification destroys quality. Basic but deft ‘pixel painting’ in Photoshop allows me to remove deficiencies and advance paintings as appropriate. The finest ‘giclee printing’ paper, specific to each, is integral to finished painting success.
Thus, in step with digital technologies racing ahead to change daily life and our visual perceptions of it, through works below I see new means of artistic exploration with greater clarity, and streams of like expressions ahead.
While several works here recall Seurat (1891)… since pixels are now HUGE globally, does not greater affinity with them for artistic expression stand to reason?