I can feel a clear and strong direction in David Hockney’s retrospective at The Met. In his early works, he focused more on abstraction but his later works are more representational, he has a strong interest in how to use color, form and figuration to express everyday experience. Even though some of his paintings do not include human figures, such as his still lives, paintings of buildings and swimming pools, all of these reflect aspects of contemporary life.
One of the many reasons that his work is successful is its connection between his painting and modern design — the paintings’ vibrant, pure color and graphic shapes, the contrast between textures. All these elements are carefully composed and manipulated by Hockney. Because his work resonates in the context of consumer society, even a person who does not know much about art could likely be attracted to it.
As a photographer, I appreciate the way his work explored perspective. His photo works provide multiple ways to view the world simultaneously. The juxtaposition of many photos amplifies the differences between the camera and the human's eye, thus showing that technology cannot fully represent space.