margeaux walter – sunday afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

 

Sunday Afternoon by Margeaux Walter

Inspired by Georges-Pierre Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”.

 

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  • lenticular…
    I had to look that up…
    great website..
    do you show these on a screen mounted on a wall?
    is it a program?
    layering your images?
    intrigued…
    ***

  • Margeaux, I love this!

    Seurat immediatly came to mind. I love the playfulness, both here and with the work on your site. This is the most original and delightful stuff I’ve seen for a long time.

    I love your use of colour harmony. The very deliberate colour scheme of white and blue with pink accents on a green ground is perfect. The few hints of red and green keep the colour scheme from being too bland, and also give a nod to Seurat, who like other painters, knew that little accents of a complimentary colour would intestsify the main colour. The yellow and blue, red and green here work perfectly in that regard. At the same time you have chosen to present all the colour in a somewhat de-saturated state. Awesome!

    Gotta get to work, but will look forward to spending some more time on your site.

    Bravo

  • There is so much more to say about this, but I have no time at the moment, I just wanted to add that I am really wishing I could see this in print form to view it properly.

    DAH, Anton, thanks for the single!

  • NICEEEE!!. I’d happily have a huge print of this one in my living room….

    Great to see an espectacular sinle here again.

    Thanks for the gift :)

  • Love it! No time to say more. Got to get ready to go to Greenland for Inuit Circumpolar Council.

  • Thank you all for your feedback, I really appreciate it!

    Wendy — the lenticulars are mounted on a wall, not shown on a screen. It is the same technology as the little prizes that used to be inside Cracker Jack boxes (and it is used on a lot of postcards and advertisements now as well). Mine are just larger versions of the same technique. Although the image shown here is simply a still photograph.

    Gordon — I am glad to hear your response to the colors, I spend a lot of time working on the color schemes. It is very important to my images, and I am glad to see that it comes across!

    Margeaux

  • Hi Margeaux — I really love this. So fresh and playful.

    I took a look at your site. It looks like you use the same model for most all you work.

    Self-Portraits?

    Just curious…

    All the best,

    Adam

  • i also liked the color scheme, but when i saw this photograph i remembered other photos in black-and-white(and imagine if someone “erased” the grass… or the pavement) from ‘People in Space’ project by Nuno Maya, that you can see at http://nunomaya.com/photo02-peopleinspace.html
    and if you want to know more about him and his work, check http://nunomaya.com/

    um forte abraço,
    Carlos Filipe

  • “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”-Stephen Sondheim

    :))))

    god damn!…LOVE this!…

    ’bout time we had a single! ;))))))))))))))))

    guessing guessing guessing there are a few self-portraits indeed inside this beauty :))

    just like Seurat AND sondheim :))))

    cheers
    b

  • Love that they are all the same person. A bit cindy Sherman.

  • Yes all the same person – I suspect from the other photos on your site – these are self portraits.

    Valery – Margeaux is a bit Cindy Sherman looking in some of them – although none of Margeaux’s work looks like it deals with the same over all topic of feminism as Sherman’s work does. Her work is instead more about movement and the confines of limited movement.

  • While I recognize that Ms. Walter’s vision is well-realized and appreciate both the skill and painstaking effort that went into it, I am bothered by its utter lack of originality. The idea of artificially recreating a work of a master, then populating it with images of oneself åla Cindy Sherman, strikes me more as an undergrad art school assignment than anything remotely approaching an original work of art. Have all the stories been told to such an extent that we can only recycle things that worked in the past? Since Sunday Afternoon I has found success, can we look forward to Sunday Afternoon II, III, and so on?

  • In the way of a more constructive comment, the first thing I noticed about the piece is the lack of a light source. Seurat’s painting is lighted for a particular time of year and day and the shadows are distributed accordingly. Perhaps the even, very artificial lighting is some kind of meta joke, or at least intentional, but I think it would work much better had you more fully explored Seaurat’s use of light and shadow. That’s really what makes the piece.

  • Hi Margeaux,

    I like your piece very much and wondered if I might make a suggestion? I noticed something while looking at it again. I used to design Textiles for Ralph Lauren and I noticed there are two lines being created in your photograph ( which can be looked at as a pattern) by shapes connecting them and it pulls your eye to those areas.

    The first line is a line being created by the arm of one of the two boys holding a drink in a bag, his arm then connects to the pointing hand of the girl with the pink hat which then connects to the line of the yellow strap of the girl in front’s tank top. This line then makes you see the second smaller line near the picnic blanket. The boy standing near the checkered blanket with the blonde hair, his hand connects to the object on the blanket which because it is directly in front of his hand and is placed in the same direction it creates a disturbing line.

    So I think you could make your piece more complete and even stronger if you ever so slightly were to move, as an entire piece the girl with the pink hat and the guy in front of her downward to break the line and then also the girl with the yellow tank top would have to move down as well but her tank top strap should be out of the line with the hand of the pink girl as well, you as the artist would have to shift them around slightly,maybe as well as the other two people in that group or block to break up the line.

    Then just move the item on the picnic blanket in front of the hand to a different angle to break up that line.

    Hope you don’t mind me pointing that out, maybe its just me or my opinion or maybe its only easily seen at this image size. just my two cents and only meant to be helpful, hope it is.

    My best, Valery

  • Michael W

    The lack of a direction of light here is present in all of Margeaux work, as is the lack of any drop shadows. This, plus the flat lighting, de-saturated colour, and the stiffly posed body language of the figures contributes to the over-all two-dimensional feeling.
    I doubt that the intent was to recreate Seurat’s work, but rather give a playful nod in his direction within the context of her own larger body of work.

  • Thanks Gordon. Guess this piece is just not to my taste on multiple levels. That, obviously, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good. And I’m not opposed to meta stuff or ironies within ironies within enigmas wrapped in tortillas, or whatever. Just can’t help noticing it’s also relatively easy, very easy actually, to ignore sophisticated lighting technique and photograph a model looking stiff (trust me, I do it all the time without even trying). Had Seurat done that, I suspect we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  • At first, i did not like this photo at all. Or rather,i had no reaction to it..no emotional jolt, no intellectual pull, no dream awakened, no put to rest, no disturbances, no provocation, nada. But i was curious (ok, so that is a valid reaction)..went to Margeaux´ website and voila, what a bountiful feast did i experience. Margeaux! You are quite the artist, quite the thinker, quite the workerbee..you blow me away! But you seem way way too young to have internalized so well the mind-numbing slog that is the modern workplace. You perhaps blame it on the tyranny of technology but i blame it on the valuation of the human value in terms of currency. Not that i am complaining overmuch, it´s a lifetime game we try to win- Anyway, i think you´re original and quite interesting. I looked at every single project. A cerebral, and delightful visual feast!

    Best
    Kathleen

  • interesting photo, cool idea and beautifully thought-out colours. nice work!

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