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E. Tulchin
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artist statement
There supposedly was an exchange of letters between Leonardo and Michelangelo wherein Leonardo asserted that painting was the superior art form, because Michelangelo could not sculpt fog. Michelangelo's retort was that only when Leonardo could walk behind the painting would he agree!

Can we now have our cake and eat it too? Computer graphics and three-dimensional imaging suggest that it might be so. To that end I decided to explore the possibility of looking at the other side(s) of a painting.

I have long been sympathetic to the Cubist movement and particularly to the work of Fernand Léger. Central to the idea of Cubism is the notion of multiple views changing over time and condensed into a single image. (Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase" is a good example). I was quite curious as to what would happen to a "decompressed" and then "reconstructed" cubist work. What would it lead to? Would it still be cubist? Would it still hold together? And finally would it validate the rather abstract ideas of cubism and yet be a substantive and independent work of art?

What you see is my attempt to answer those questions. The work that was "processed" was a 1923 pencil drawing by Léger, "Still Life With Bottle".