Brooklyn-based artist Dan Witz’s new show opened last night, so you can go and get a close up gander at those hyperreal paintings of mosh pits, yuppie swarms and rat herds. Also on view: new trompe l’oeil portraits of friends – gagged, masked and cellphone screen illuminated chiaroscuro-style.
If you were curious how he gets it so real, he’s cheating. Just kidding — it’s a painstaking mixture of traditional and contemporary artistic methods:
Combining old master techniques and digital technology, he photographs his subjects, composes in photoshop, prints an a-chromatic underpainting on canvas then glazes and scumbles over this foundation using traditional representational painting.
“Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise,” Dan Witz, Jun 30 – Jul 30, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC