STYLE WARS (CHESS SET): MODERNISTS VERSUS TRADITIONALISTS.
Photo courtesy of John Bodkin
Projection #3 (Koltanowski vs. Duchamp, Paris, 1929).
© Tom Hackney
"...a hand-made canvas...is placed onto a board inked evenly with black ink. I then start the computer playing chess against itself and follow the moves of the game using my own chess pieces on the reverse side of the canvas. The darkest spots are formed where chess pieces have moved onto that particular square multiple times during the game; whereas other squares remain empty leaving the canvas ground showing. The final painting is a composite image of all the moves played during the game, and the spots are formed from the direct pressure of the base of each chess piece."So this, too, really is Chess Art of the moment: the footprint of computers taking lumps out of each other; and human agency applied only to dotting the moves onto canvas.
After all this "difficult" contemporary art we can turn to the fourth work in the Exhibition, a photo: Chess King, Brick Lane (E1). Except that we can't. You can't take photos in the gallery, the image is not on the web, and unfortunately I have been unable to succeed in contacting the artist otherwise. So apologies to all concerned, especially Ms Hathaichanok Julareesuk, as you'll have to make do with my inadequate sketches, made while wedged against the gallery door.
Sketches of Exhibit #1464: Chess King. Brick Lane (E1),
photographic Edition of two, by Hathaichanok Julareesuk.
Chess In Art Index