TIME AND MOTION

A more complicated and contemporary representation of the elapse of time is David Hockney’s The Scrabble Game, Jan. 1, 1983, 1983.  The collage of photographs represents various moments (snapshots) frozen in time. Not only are heads, hands, glasses, and cigarettes repeated multiple times but even the placement of the photographs suggests the uneven pace of the game. During a Scrabble Game, there may be quick action as players arrange their tiles into words and then the pace may slow as words become more difficult to form. Again, the uneven placement and awkward gaps within the picture simulate the stop and start rhythm.

 

THIS IMAGE NEEDS TO BE LIGHTENED

While this art work may not be “beautiful” or visually pleasing, the artist’s motivation was clearly to document a game, real life as lived, with disegno esterno, and capturing a bit of the movements of the players and passage of time.