Blog #175 9/15/16
In my previous blog, #174, “THE KATZ MEOW” (http://bit.ly/thekatzmeow) on September 8th, I wrote about making a portrait of my neighbor, the great modern artist Alex Katz. When my portrait of him was finished and delivered, I told him I was working on a project I called “Beauty/Body,” in which I make a beauty image of a fashion model and then use her body as a canvas to create something artful and unusual. This shoot was to be published as an editorial in KURV magazine.
I asked Katz if he would work with me on the project by painting both the background and the model. He responded right away: “Sure, that’ll be fun.”
I spent the morning of the shoot making beauty images, working with the New York model Patty Radermann.
While I was making the beauty photographs, Katz was painting the cyclorama in another part of our studio (which, like his upstairs studio, was large enough to accommodate separate, simultaneous projects).
The cyclorama is huge—many more dots to go.
The painter got help from our assistant Randy Sauer.
As Katz looked over his work, I kept wondering, “What can he possibly be thinking? How does he make a decision for placement and size of each dot, or is it creatively random?”
After I completed the beauty shoot, Katz then painted the model with the same motif as the background.
The first “Dot’
Katz and others at work
A “KATZ” signed by the master.
Time to fit the “live art” into the space:
HS at work. I use a “gizmo” on wheels so I can get the camera very low and move around as well.
Katz, having finished his work on the project, left the studio. I then made time to further explore.
It’s a common thing with art: once the initial vision is explored and complete, if there is time, the idea is to push discovery relentlessly as there is no limit to virtually anything.
Our model had a great time.
Glitterati Incorporated, the publisher of the Retrospective, Schatz Images: 25 Years is now offering the two- book boxed set at a discount from the original price. The set comes with an 11″x14” print of the buyer’s choice.