Lujac Desautel. Visualising Hockney through Mies


In the following image series, I was interested in using David Hockney and Mies Van Der Rohe as the main subjects.I combined the two using Hockney’s painting through Mies’s techniques of overlapping, framing, and composition as if Hockney seamlessly reproduces a Mies-like attitude to space while retaining the atmospheric mood of the California lifestyle suggesting that these images or any image can be appropriated and misappropriated for our owns.David Hockney moved to California in the late 1960’s where he painted a series of pictures that arguably defined the California Aesthetic. One of his most iconic paintings, A Bigger Splash, is flat, colorful, and abstractMies Van Der Rohe created a set of collages for the Barcelona Pavilion. The collage comprised of pencil on paper defining the edge of the roof, floor and mullions. Images of paintings, marble, wood are collaged on top of one another that create depth and space.A notable distinction between the two artists is that Hockney uses photographs for the subject of his paintings. Mies Van Der Rohe represents architecture that will be built through an improvised composition. Secondly, the California architectural style Hockney was painting at the time has similar qualities to the International style of Mies.