Clive McCarthy - Room 208

The works use small, custom-built computer systems to produce the images rendered on flat screens.

I began working on my ‘Electric Painting’ technique in October 2010. Each work has many photographic base images which are ‘painted’ in a random sequence that continues indefinitely. Each painting of a base image is itself full of subtle variations so no two paintings of an image are ever identical.

Most recently my work has become more abstract. The images painted hint of the real world but remain quite enigmatic. The impasto of the paint changed significantly too, after I studied Matisse's work.

In addition to having shot all the photographic images, I wrote both the program that creates the images and the program that displays them, affording me a level of control not possible with commercial software tools. The code is written in C and employs OpenGL and GLSL for graphic rendering. Each work is self contained and can be turned on and off simply by pressing a button. Each work unique, I do not make copies.


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For more information about Clive McCarthy, please visit his website.