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Next Comes The Flood

An old interview with Gerhard Richter has him talking about a series of identical gray canvases he did in school. He said what struck him about the works were as he progressed in the series, he preferred some to others, even though they were all the “same.” As an exercise in studying that reaction, I painted 12 black rectangles in a journal.

Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
Next Comes The Flood
The movie is Gerhard Richter Painting

The scene in particular isn’t available on YouTube, but the documentary is worth watching as a whole.

Exercises like this have a peculiar effect on me; I tend to practice craft by way of executing a project, as opposed to creating a project from a study.* Though these looked rather similar upon execution, after drying they really do each hold their own as an individual work.

* I suppose books fall under the category of being assemblies of established projects.