Photorealist painting - Deckel Maho Gildemeister

Title: Deckel Maho Gildemeister
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 90 x 122 cm
Painted: 2009

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Deckel Maho Gildemeister

Photorealistic paintings require an extraordinary amount of accuracy for them to work as a visual trick. So Bert has created a series of CNC paintings in what he describes as a conceptual pieces of photorealist painting.

Bert has used a brochure of a CNC machine by Deckel Maho Gildemeister as a metaphor for that accuracy in this conceptual work of photorealist art. The painting took over 600 hours to complete and was quite difficult as the lettering had to be replicated very accurately. What is most unusual about this work is that it is using the traditional practice of painting photographs to display the visual trickery that is common to all good photorealist paintings and it uses paintings of words. Those words have had more time spent on replicating them than the photographs in the brochure.

The overall goal of this (and the other CNC paintings) is to make the metaphor of a highly accurate CNC machine with the the artist as a machine creating highly accurate copies of an object.

Deckel Maho Gildemeister is a company of the highest quality. This machine is the most capable of all types of milling machines due to it being 5 sided, 5 axis in its ability. Essentially it can machine almost any shape and this particular machine is also extremely fast, powerful and accurate – its price is well in excess of the one million dollar mark.

Deckel Maho Gildemeister is now known as DMG MORI.

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