The origin of this posting requires some explanations, since it’s more connected to my ‘Russian part’ compare to many other stories here. Few days ago I started to receive messages from various people asking me to comment on a post in one Russian-language blog (more precisely, a journal of the large Livejournal community) or simply sharing with me this link.
It is, in fact, a old posting, by the Internet time; it was originally written in 2010, but apparently resurfaced again lately, and went to the top, thus many people have noticed it (which is not so bad itself). The posting itself is just a quick recap of the so-called Hockney-Falco Thesis; it’s richly illustrated, and even if you don’t know Russian, you would get the general plot by simply browsing through. The majority of the images are stills from the BBC documentary called Secret Knowledge, filmed in 2003, which is turned based on the eponymous book by Hockney publihsed in 2001.
Which means that in some absolute terms this is all yesteryear snow; all the debates and quarrels about H-F T have had calmed down already a while ago – at least here in the ‘West’ – but probably they all somehow bypassed Russia, where the book has not been translated as yet (and it is in this sense the postings like that do their important job, of better informing the public). I foresee that the Russian audience will react to these revelations in the same way that occurred here in the West some while ago – with a lot of noise and shouting, both pro- and contra, and a general feeling of the large storm – in a glass of water, though. Of course, even now there fans of both sides, who keep fighting till the last drop of blood; but the majority has somehow passed by already, with necessary adjustment of their ideas about art, and history (and the role of mirrors in it).
Myself, it so happened that I read about all these things long time ago, seven or eight years at least. In any case, long before I have started this mirror series (and in fact without any special connection to the mirrors – I recall that back then I was more interested in all these development as a photographer).
By the way, when I wrote one of my first ‘mirror postings’, about Arnolfini Couple, and I wrote (in my Russian blog):
(*) In the context of Hockney-Falco hypothesis all these speculations could be altogether wrong, and the mirror could be introduced here with very different purposes; but I’m not going to discuss all these things here-and-now, since my focus is entirely different.
I didn’t include this sentence to the English translation, though (wrongly, I now think). But my focus is still very different, so I would try avoiding the discussion now as well. Not because these issues are interesting (they are very interesting), but because I am (already) not interested to discuss they on a superficial level, as a kind of next conspiracy theory a la Dan Brown. And to discuss them on a more serious level requires a more delicate take: one fact here, two details there – in any case, far from the sensationalizing approach that still prevails in many conversations around these issues (also in the above mentioned posting).
But to stay completely silent wouldn’t be a good option, too (although I am already ‘not’ silent on the mater, even if I’d only written the above). But then it wouldn’t be a proper ‘mirror story’. So I decided to tell about ‘other mirrors’ of David Hockney – not the ones he is “re-discovering” or “exposing” in the works of other master, but in his own works (which, by the way, is extremely difficult to seek out now, because any attempt to search for something like “mirror” and “Hockney” in the Internet brings you tons of those “revelations”, but not his own art.
It is in this way this is a story about ‘other mirrors’ of David Hockney.
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