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Jul 13, 2015


  • Motivation&DriveIdentity as an Artist

  • MotivationN; the driving force by which humans achieve their goalsN; desire to do; interest or drive

  • DriveN; a strong wish for somethingN; active strength of body or mind

  • SABERGraffiti and Fine Arts1976-Every single graffiti writer is a manic depressive, insecure person, because thats the only thing that makes you want to go out and write on somebodys shit.

  • Biography

    Saber in L.A., California

  • WorkSaber describes graffiti as The largest art movement in the history of time.Some problems with graffiti: transient (can be painted over), nameless (few records), considered illegal in most areasIs graffiti a destruction of property or a visual improvement?

  • LA River pieceSize: length of a football field97 gallons of paint and 35 nights to complete

  • On the LA Riverbed...Saber was a living legend of Los Angeles graffiti, but when in 1997 he executed the largest graffiti painting ever created, it made his legend status global at the age of 21. His painting along the sloping cement banks of the Los Angeles River bed measured 250 x 55 nearly the size of an NFL football field and took 97 gallons of paint and a year of carefully planned nights to complete. Every supply for the LA Riverbed painting had to be hauled over barbed wire and through gangland, then applied without attracting the attention of either the Amtrak or Los Angeles police departments, both of whom patrol the area from the ground and the air. After a year of work, Saber had blown out his knee working on the slanted surface, but completed the painting. His father crept into the desolate area across the River from the giant artwork, and after several chases from gangsters eager to relieve him of his camera, took photos of his son, striding across the surface of his own artwork. Saber is not a small guy, but he doesnt even fill one of the small holes in the B at the center of his name. The LA Riverbed painting is the centerpiece of Sabers graffiti career to date, but is one of dozens of pieces that he has executed across the United States (and even a few in Europe) that have become the stuff of graffiti legend, the kind of street fame impossible to build artificially. When the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History made a giant diorama exhibit on the Los Angeles River, it was only fitting to call on Saber to create a monumental piece in it: he was a part of the real thing.

  • Destruction of the LA Riverbed: was painted over (buffed) two years ago by decree of city officials

  • Undefined- an edit of Shepard Ferrys workPolitical statements present in both graffiti and fine art works

  • Gold, silver, moon gold leaf, woodSABERs graffiti is artistically strong, showing a good control of artistic elements and design principlesHas completed works on canvas and some in three dimensions

  • Fine Art

    Name still visible on advertisement!Last Stop, Oil on Canvas

  • Tagging is not the same as graffiti art, and...any defacing of property is a felony.Separating graffiti from tagging allows for new interpretations of street art and a growth in the body of public artworkAlthough most of SABERs work involves his name, he considers this to be artwork rather than a tag; this may be because he works with a crew rather than associating himself with a gang and his name is not instantly recognizable due to design

  • Images such as American flags, scenes of murders and gang activity, fires, abductions, and taboo topicsSABERs graffiti is artistically strong, showing a good control of artistic elements and design principles. Does his credibility as a well-known graffiti artist lend his work more meaning?

  • Process: graffitiTeam effort; carrying supplies, watching for law enforcement, gang members, etc.Grids work in mind before applying paint to surfaceTakes longer amount of time due to legal and physical obstacles (LA River piece) as well as size of works

  • Chuck ClosePhotorealism/SuperrealismJuly 5, 1940-The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.

  • Biography

    Chuck Close with Self Portrait in progress

  • Work

    Early self portrait:

    Paintings, prints, and photographyBegan with black and white studies of faces

  • The IncidentAfter suffering injury to his spinal cord on December 7, 1988, Close began to do work in a different way, using grids and a higher amount of colorWork now relies on the viewer to see the object rather than creating something that is necessarily photorealistic

  • ProcessUses grid to map out placement of features in portraits with help of assistantsPreliminary media used to create basic shapes and then later filled with paint (oil and acrylic)Because of disability, uses a brush attached to his wrist brace and his other hand to keep it steady

  • Choice of color: uses various colors based on preference rather than observationFrom a distance, colors perceived as one hue Up close, colors composed of dots and shapes of many hues

  • Each painting can take up to four months to complete due to labor intensive processDue to loss in range of motion of his hand, Close works slowly in order to ensure precisionI am going for a level of perfection that is only mine...most of the pleasure is in getting the last little piece perfect -Chuck Close

  • IdentityBoth SABER and Close include aspects of their own identity in their work and achieve a photorealistic qualitySABER: uses name in murals and paints aspects of his residence (Los Angeles)Close: self portraits and portraits of family and friends