111 Days to 23 Skidoo is a “slow print” of an oil painting by Nathan Walsh of the Flat Iron building in New York. The study builds on earlier research by the Digital Originals team conducted in close collaboration with the artist.
111 Days is displayed on the website of the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery. It re-presents in “real time” the gestation of a painting which took Walsh one hundred and eleven days to complete. The artwork’s transformation— from lines on the canvas to the final realist depiction of the building—takes place over the time it took Walsh to make the painting. As the imagery updates, Walsh’s creative process is revealed and made public, online.
The nature of the medium of painting is such that many working images, some very beautiful, are destroyed as the final painting is created. The drawing is covered over by the paint and successive layers continually remake the artwork until the final image is reached. Web visitors to 111 Days to 23 Skidoo gain a unique experience of the painting—titled 23 Skidoo— in progress.
The finished painting will display online to coincide with the launch of Walsh’s solo exhibition at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in November. The show, which will include the original 23 Skidoo, is at 37 West 57th Street, New York NY 10019.