The World Must Be Measured by Eye

Rima Yamazaki

2019 | 01:05:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 4K video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Artist Portraits, Body, Painting, Visual Art

Ellen Altfest is known for her representational paintings in which she renders every detail of her subjects on a one-to-one scale. The World Must Be Measured by Eye follows the meticulous, repetitive and painstaking creative process of Altfest—the painter studies the subject, mixes paint, matches colors, measures the distance and puts the paint on the canvas with a small brush. Through observing Altfest’s practice, The World Must Be Measured by Eye examines the act of creation and the act of seeing. As the painter’s excessive realism and careful composition push the painting to the realm of abstraction, the film also explores the boundary between representation and abstraction.

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