The image for this painting comes from a series of digital photographs I took of an old cartoon on VHS using a CRT-TV and an analog video synthesizer in order to generate glitch images. Using acrylic paint and an airbrush I recreated the image to simulate a motion blur. I then used a striping tool to paint the top layer to appear like the tracking lines on an old TV. I love the idea of taking an image that would otherwise be refuse and elevating it to the high-art realm of painting.

- Rebecca Kaufman

Untitled (VHS)

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

48" h x 40" w x 1" d
7 lbs. 12 oz.



Rebecca Kaufman
Oakland, California

Getting to Know Rebecca

Rebecca is inspired by capturing the glitches that occur in increasingly obsolete technologies. “I draw inspiration from the flicker of the television screen using an analog video synthesizer,” she explains. “This paired with a VCR and a CRT-TV helps me to generate crazy-looking glitched images. I take a ton of pictures, spend forever mixing colors, then turn the glitched images (or my dissection of the images) into paintings.” Conceptually, Rebecca is driven by the dichotomy of active and passive audiences. Observing a painting can often be a passive activity, but Rebecca strives to trigger more active visual consumption on the part of the viewer. “I disrupt the passive gaze using repetition and color to construct a powerful, visceral response to painting that both repels and hypnotizes without consent, demanding a continued engagement between the body and the eyes, much like the technologies we rely on today.”