Gamblers Quarrel - 1984
Stephen GOODFELLOW (1953)


Stephen GOODFELLOW: Gamblers Quarrel

Stephen Goodfellow was born in England and eventually settled down in Detroit, Michigan. He is known for perfecting a painting technique called micropointillism. This techniques uses miniscule points of primary colors to create very vibrant colors as a whole. It could be said, in a similar way as a television screen.

This painting is a comment on the absurdity of human behavior and is based on a well-known 17th century painting Gamblers Quarreling by acclaimed Dutch painter Jan Steen. Goodfellow however, placed his characters in a modern 20th century setting and replaced Steens playing cards and backgammon board with a Monopoly board and scattered play money. Times may be different, but gamblers argue about the same old thing.

This intervention also explores the relationship between images and experience. By building his surface out of dots of color, Goodfellow replicates the construction of an image on a television screen. The fact that the imaged scene is not completely realistic points to the concept of TV as an artificial mediator of contemporary experience.

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