Thursday, February 10, 2011

For the Love of Chuck

**warning- this could be educational.. you might get a little smarter. I know I did- it was bound to happen sooner or later..**
There are two Chucks that I find completely brilliant.  I thought it was really funny that they were both named Chuck.  Chuck.. Chuck... bo Buck.. Banana Fo.. alright I am not in grade school.
 
Chuck Close who is simply AMAZING! Now I can already tell by your eyes they are about to glaze over but listen he is one of the most influential artists that is still alive today.  Why is he so amazing? He had a exhibition at the PAM several years ago that I went to and I didn't realize how large and depth of layers it would take to make his photo realism portraits.  One piece he took a 3D grid and he didn't paint on the flat part of the grid but only on sides/walls of the grid.  So you could see the images if you stood on the sides but not dead on.  It was like one of those billboards that changes depending on the angle.  He also has done portraits out of finger prints and they look real.  It was kind a amazing.  I hope you are paying attention there will be a quiz later :).
Another favorite Chuck is Chuck Palahniuk, who is most famous for writing the book Fight Club.  If you liked the show Portlandia, then you would like Chuck Palanuik's books because he has written about Portland.  Also there is a rumored that there is a book store out in St Helens (about 20 minutes from Portland) that you can get an autograph copy of one his books with a personal message- that often includes something about snow flakes.  My personal favorite is Haunted, which takes you on a ghost filled tour of around town.  In fact I went to a coffee shop of one of the depicted ghosts and asked the waitress and she said Oh yeah but she is mostly in the basement.  Guess who is never going into that basement? lol
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club

"I've always thought that problem solving is highly overrated and that problem creation is far more interesting." Chuck Close
 Know any Chucks?

13 comments:

Noodles and Waffles said...

I love your warning. You were right...I did learn something.

Mandy Crandell said...

Great information!

stephanie said...

Ooh, two of my favorite Chucks as well. My favorite Close works are the airbrush portraits he's done. LOVE them. My favorite Palahniuk book is probably Invisible Monsters.

Live Love Life Now said...

Thanks for the lesson! I have been a fan of Chuck Close for some time but didn't know much about Chuck Palahniuk...so I appreciate the education :)

Which of his books would be the best fit for a book club?

Erika Lee Sears said...

Hmmm maybe the best for a book club would be the Stranger than Fiction because it's short stories. :) so funny.

bobbi said...

I did learn something too. You should do educational posts more often.
That painting is wonderful.

The Pen Thief said...

Chuck Close is one of my all time favorite contemporary artists!

Amy T Schubert said...

I'm a fan of Chuck Bryant - cohost of the Stuff You Should Know Podcast ....

also, RadioLab did a podcast interviewing Chuck Close about his face-blindness ... soo interesting
http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2010/jun/15/strangers-in-the-mirror/

(amy@lemonandraspberry.com)

Angela said...

I learned something as well as added something to my reading list.

teacup adventure said...

my printmaking TA just showed us some chuck close prints today! yay coincidence!

Michelle Brunner said...

Both Chucks are super cool:) Thanks for that educational post! Have a lovely weekend!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

2 excellent Chucks!!
nice post :)

Tracey said...

It's always good to find out about other Chucks.

I'm already a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk ... I need to read more of his books (I've been a bit lazy in respect to that).