I find this portrait, by artist Andreas von Gehr, the son of a German citizen who emigrated to Chile in the 1960s, to be reminiscent of a much older artistic technique, pointillism. The work is created from small pieces which individually tell no story, or represent something tangible. It isn’t until arranged as a whole that the picture emerges.
Once arranged, the work must be viewed from a precise angle at certain distance to absorb the entirety of the image. Viewed from the wrong angle, the image becomes contorted, losing its realism.
The portrait here depicts von Gehr’s father and speaks to a recurring motif in his work – “von Gehr’s visual productions incorporate themes surrounding notions of family and the condition of the immigrant.”
- via Sweet Station