Assignment 2: Digital Dyptych Painting Assignment

Digital Dyptych Painting Assignment:


Diptych is an artwork consisting of 2 picture planes or 2 panels/canvases (2 surfaces), that together create a singular artwork. These 2 physical surfaces can be attached together or presented as an illusion of 2 panels joined to each other.


Digital component of work could include printing on canvas and integrating paint mediums with printed canvas. This would include painting on digitally printed surfaces, or collaging parts (or fragments) of printed canvas on painted surfaces.


Is the seam/dividing edges between the 2 painted picture planes created with paint, or physically done with 2 separate painted canvas surfaces?


Have 1 or more elements (shape or line) cross over the threshold (seam) of the 2 panels. Use these elements as accessories that connect the 2 panels and unify the 2 panels as a whole work, but still allow the panels to operate as autonomous pictorial spaces with the seam still being maintained to emphasize the diptych painting. Process of revising and editing could include the visual fight back and forth between the edge and the element(s) that cross over the seam.


Another approach to incorporating digital aesthetics and methods into the diptych painting is that 1 of the picture planes could have a monitor with video or animation integrated into 1 of the 2 picture planes. This is only an option and does not require video to be part of the work.



Collectively the Diptych painting must be at least 24 x 36 inches in size. (of course the work could be larger than those required minimum dimensions)


The ratio of the seam having a split between the 2 surfaces could range from the dividing seem of the 2 surfaces being 50/50 % (entire work split exactly in half) to being split approximately 65/35 % (one 3rd with two 3rds ratio)




Integrate some form of print out of something you have created digitally.

As always document working process each day particularly if most of the digital print out gets covered with paint.


Artists to Research

Some contemporary examples of artists working with a type of diptych aesthetic in the work include Janet Werner (Montreal) and Robert Longo (NYC). There are other contemporary artists working with Diptychs and numerous historical artists working with Diptychs.





Dyptych Painting Assignment Objectives

Variation of elements in subject matter from 1 surface to the next. Consider and develop interesting formal and conceptual juxtapositions of content from 1 surface to the other. Collectively how do the 2 panels work together in unity, but at the same time offer diversity and uniqueness within the separate areas of the 2 surfaces.




Dyptych Painting Polemics

(Polemics to juxtapose with the 2 separate panels)


o   Representational imagery vs. abstraction


o   Text vs exclusively visual/optical


o   Thick textural application of materials vs. thin and smooth


o   Printed matter (digitally or screen-printed elements on canvas) vs. hand painted elements


o   Imagery from Observation vs. Imagery from Technology, Media and Popular Culture


o   Different surfaces such as: wood vs. canvas, or paper vs plastics/synthetics, fabric

vs. glass

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