Artists Switch From Labeling Their Paintings Acrylic To *Synthetic Polymer*

English: THAHLES, 2006. Corday. Synthetic Poly...

English: THAHLES, 2006. Corday. Synthetic Polymer and Pigment on raw linen. 72 x 216in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wrote and published this article in June of 2012, yet artists are still commenting on it.

Featured it again in 2015, and for a 3rd time October 2016.  Here’s the original article–

I don’t know all the reasons for acrylic shame, but I do know that many galleries and artists have long labeled acrylic paintings as *mixed media* to help increase sales. I’ve also heard stories of art collectors losing interest and walking away from a painting once they learned it was painted with acrylic paints.

Lately, I have noticed a new trend–contemporary artists are labeling their paintings *synthetic polymer* paintings rather than use the dreaded word *acrylic* to describe their work.

I’m thinking of doing the same. Synthetic polymer does sound more advanced, up-to-the-minute, complex. Perhaps *synthetic polymer* as a medium is actually more accurate a description, since *acrylic* does come in many forms other than paint. There are acrylic nails, acrylic fish tanks, acrylic comes in sheets, there are acrylic fibers, and acrylic acids. Just using the word *acrylic* alone in a line description assumes that the reader/viewer of your work will know that refers to artist acrylic paints. As contemporary artists continue to expand the materials they work with it may just be necessary to use *synthetic polymer* to describe the paint used, for accuracy and clarity. What do you think? Are you willing to drop the use of the term *acrylic painting* and start describing your paintings at *synthetic polymer paintings*? If so, why? For more accurate descriptions? Hope to increase sales? Please leave a comment below.

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Video: Start to Finish oil painting by Davide Ricchetti

We leave Sundays open to share videos we receive from artists. Italian artist Davide Ricchetti sent us this video showing the stages of development of his oil on canvas painting titled Estate – Summer.  View more at davidericchetti.com

 

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ArtistsInfo Video| Insider Secrets to Selling Art Online

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Artists Info online gallery has an international reputation for discovering and representing talented artists from across five continents. Artists Info has more than 100,000 art lovers visiting their site weekly.  The Artists Info site allows each costumer to directly contact artists for commission-FREE art purchases.

Artists Info staff is always keen to promote the artists on their site and have a team dedicated to sharing their artists news across all their social networks.

Artists Info is currently developing pioneering new view-art-in-situ technology and 3D virtual art galleries. They have an online app with an art store, online magazine and social art network in development as well as many other exciting projects which will offer even more opportunities for artists in the near future.

Yesterday, they featured our blog on their blog, in an article Do You Know Artist Marketing Resources?  

Artists Info created this video, Insider secrets to selling art online, that answers many questions artists ask on how to best promote their art using their own website, social media, and online galleries–

Award Winning Online Art Gallery Seeks Talented Artists: http://www.artistsinfo.co.uk/online-art-gallery.html

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Jay Burton’s Photographic Art: The Sensual Flowering of an Unclothed Woman

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Elusive, Jay Burton

Flower photography has been a long-time interest of photographic artist Jay Burton, who says that his fascination with flowers lies in “the intricacy and sensuality of floral structure” and in “the challenge of producing a unique, striking flower image.” Jay Burton is a nationally exhibited, award-winning photographer who began making photographic images at the early age of eight. Jay holds a Ph.D. in theatre, and teaches drama in community colleges, where he also directed and designed sets and  theatrical lighting. He believes that his work in theatre compliments his work in photography and vice versa. Both arts are, in his opinion “about meaningful moments, ideas, feelings, and pictures.”

A few years ago, Jay became interested in the possibilities of abstract photography.  While exploring those two interests–flowers and abstraction–, he began work with what he has come to call “middle ground macros.” Jay explains that middle ground macros “fall somewhere between a typical macro, such as an insect’s eyeball, and an extreme close-up, like a whole flower.”

Summer Morning, Jay Burton

Summer Morning, Jay Burton

In his choice of lens-to-subject distance and shallow depth of field, Jay generates a level of abstraction that retains intricacy and sensuality in his image subjects.

“In editing and cropping these images, I realized that they could be organized by juxtaposition, which created new and different relationships between the parts and formed a completely unique larger image. I chose the grid as a convenient framework for this juxtaposition.” Jay says that “both the single images and the images that make up the grids are of different parts of the subject and are often shot at different times and on different days.”

Insidious, Jay Burton

Insidious, Jay Burton

“After shooting, there are fifteen steps in creating a final printed grid. Creative decisions and discovery occur at every step in the process. By far, the most complicated step is the creation of a working grid; this requires finding new ways of arranging individual shots to create connections and thus an entirely new, cohesive image.”

Once he’d  produced a number of flower grids, Jay applied the same concept and process to the female form, or, more accurately portions of the female form. The results were very different, but no less satisfying for the photographer. “Shortly after that, I recognized that foods could also provide very sensual subject matter. At present I am exploring other subject matter, but I have not abandoned any of the earlier series.”

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Spanish Guitar, Jay Burton

Jay completes all the work manipulating his camera shots on his computer, but the end products, which are limited edition prints, are created by a genuine photographic process on light-sensitive paper.

The guiding considerations for Jay Burton’s current work are “suggestion and sensuality.”  Jay Burton sees more subtle sensuality in a flower image than in a boudoir photograph. For Jay, a grid composed of parts of the female form “can be far more suggestive than a photograph of an unclothed woman.”

Helix, Jay Burton

Helix, Jay Burton

View larger versions of Jay Burton’s sensual images on his website http://jayburtonphotography.com   and on his blog Unnatural light http://unnaturallight.com

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Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ — July 30 (via LA Progressive)

  ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’ 2013, Cinema Libre, 89 min, USA, Dir: Mary C. Reese, Doug Blake, Nancye Ferguson, Michael LaFetra, Stephen Nemeth This new documentary profiles Robert Williams, whose rise from hot rod/underground comics illustrator…

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Remix to Earn Commissions on Juicy Canvas Site Sales

Sign up to become a Juicy Canvas innovator –earn commissions. Sign Up for the Private Beta : juicycanvas.com/curators-remixers/

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Sculpture and Paintings of Italian Artist Tony Cassisi

Sculptor and painter Tony Cassisi creates his sculptural works in wood and other materials.

Strip, wood sculpture, Tony Cassisis

Strip, wood sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden (view 2), sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden (view 2), sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden, sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden, sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Boys, bas-relief, Tony Cassisi

Boys, bas-relief, Tony Cassisi

On the artist’s website, there are images of 47 bas-relief artworks of people, as well as many creations of birds and other subjects.

You will find dozens of beautiful oil paintings of people and the Italian landscape on the artist’s website. These paintings Tony Cassisi called Metalgraphs, his own unique mentor of paintings with oil paints on metalized boards. The backgrounds of these paintings the artist has painted with metallic colors, while foregrounds he has painted with oil colors.

Shepherds Under a Porch, painting by Tony Cassisi

Shepherds Under a Porch, painting by Tony Cassisi

Lava, painting by Tony Cassisi

Lava, painting by Tony Cassisi

Herdsman at sunset, painting incorporating found materials, Tony Cassisi

Herdsman at sunset, painting incorporating found materials, Tony Cassisi

Sorrowful Mother, pyrography, Tony Cassisi

Sorrowful Mother, pyrography, Tony Cassisi

Visit the artist’s website to view many more artworks: www.tony cassisi.it

Prin­ted Mat­ter Calls for Sub­mis­sions for a New Emer­ging Artists Pub­lic­a­tion Series

Five selec­ted artists will work with the sup­port of Prin­ted Mat­ter and a ded­ic­ated designer to real­ize indi­vidual projects…

Sub­mis­sions are open to emer­ging artists whose prac­tice has demon­strated a com­mit­ment to exper­i­ment­a­tion within the artists‹ book medium in unusual and excit­ing ways.

Broadly speak­ing, Prin­ted Mat­ter is inter­ested in pub­lic­a­tions that have been con­ceived as art­works in their own right, rather than books that doc­u­ment work cre­ated in another medium. Pro­pos­als should not be a con­ven­tional cata­log of art­works, tra­di­tional artists‹ mono­graph, chap­book, or other straight­for­ward works of fic­tion, non-​​fiction or poetry, as these fall out­side our scope.

Sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als will be reviewed by a com­mit­tee made up of Tauba Auerbach (Artist), David Senior (Bib­li­o­grapher, MoMA Lib­rary), Gar­rick Gott(Con­sult­ing Design Dir­ector, Prin­ted Mat­ter) and James Jen­kin (Exec­ut­ive Dir­ector, Prin­ted Matter).

All items should be sent as attach­ments in a single email to submissions{at}printedmatter.org, with the sub­ject line EMER­GINGARTISTS_[YOUR NAME]. Emails should not exceed 10 MB.

Unfor­tu­nately, due to the expec­ted volume of sub­mis­sions, we will not be able to acknow­ledge the receipt of applic­a­tions, and will only be able to notify selec­ted applicants.

Timeline
All book pro­pos­als must be sent by Monday, August 10, 2013. Selec­ted applic­ants will be noti­fied by Septem­ber 10, 2013 with the expect­a­tion that work on the first two sched­uled pro­jects will com­mence in the fol­low­ing weeks. The five books in the series will be pub­lished over the course of a year.

Sup­port from Prin­ted Matter

  • $1,500 fee to artist
  • Print­ing and design costs paid (within pro­ject budget)
  • Optional access to a designer, who will aid as needed in ready­ing pub­lic­a­tion for print
  • A launch event at Prin­ted Mat­ter or at our NY Art Book Fair or LA Art Book Fair, or pos­sibly another major fair atten­ded by the organ­iz­a­tion, includ­ing Frieze NY, Basel, Miami Basel, LA Con­tem­por­ary, Inde­pend­ent, NADA, and Chicago Expo
  • Press announce­ment of pub­lic­a­tion via Prin­ted Matter’s social media
  • Oppor­tun­ity for in-​​store exhib­i­tion and win­dow installation
  • Inclu­sion in Prin­ted Matter’s dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram and offer­ings to lib­rar­ies and institutions

Read the full submission guidelines here.

Receive a Numbered Print When You Donate $10 to Help Rebuild Moore, Oklahoma

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Hi Marie,

The recent devastation in Moore, Oklahoma is almost unimaginable to those of us not living in the wake of the tornado. However the effects on the people of Moore is all too real, and we have the power to help.

Neenah Paper wants to give people an opportunity to contribute to the rebuilding of Moore through its Beauty of Letterpress (#beautyofletterpress) project. Neenah commissioned the Oklahoma-based design firm Ghost to create a Beauty of Letterpress poster to help support the efforts. The edition was designed in days and just came off the press Friday.

People donate $10 and receive a numbered print. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity’s initiative to rebuild Moore, #RebuildMoore. Their team is already on the ground there in their assessment phase.

The prints will be available at The Beauty of Letterpress  starting today, June 18th.

We want to sell out this edition and believe that your readers will embrace the spirit of this project.

Best,
Kim Rogala

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@archforhumanity
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Artists: Offer Your Buyers Something New, Create an Edition of Prints on Wood

Create an edition of Prints on Wood to offer buyers a new options to own your work. No frame required, ready to hang. Each work is unique due to woodgrain details.

Prints on Wood http://www.printsonwood.com

International Print Exchange and Exhibition

ARTspace Original International Print Exchange & Exhibit

ARTspace  announced a Call for Entry into the second biennial International Print Exchange and Community Arts Initiative, which will run from August 21 – September 28, 2013. This open call is to artists, print studios and forums across the globe asking printmakers to create a print with a paper size no larger than 5 inches x 5 inches (12.7cm x 12.7cm) and an image size no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches (10.7cm x 10.7cm) in an edition of ten. Each artist will have one of their prints on display and for sale at the standard price of $75.00 + HST while the rest of the prints will be distributed among other participants, ensuring each artist will receive a suite of different prints.

These prints will be on display on ARTspace with an opening reception that will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7pm. During the opening reception, a curator’s choice award of $150 and one people’s choice award of $100 will be selected. Please note: the deadline for entry is August 1, 2013.

Submission forms can be found at www.artspacechathamkent.com

ARTspace is open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm and is located at 165 ½ King Street West in Historic Downtown Chatham. ARTspace gratefully acknowledges the support of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Windmill Cabinets.

For more information:

Danielle Dupuis, Assistant Administrator
ARTspace
165 ½ King Street West
Chatham, ON
Canada
519-352-1064
ARTspace.TAG@gmail.com

 

Seek Art

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English: seek truth from facts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seek Art, a Beta site for what I refer to as high-end art, produced the RAZE site-specific exhibition in Beijing featuring a range of media, including sculpture, installations, sound, and street actions with QR-Codes appearing as part of the exhibition pointing to a media based project online.

For RAZE, the artist Zhang Ding served placebo ecstasy-shaped cakes to the viewing audience during his performance, inviting them to consume and altering their states of mind or experience through participation. The artist then took portraits of viewers.

Seek Art then produced a limited edition DVD of the RAZE exhibition, available in their /Lab.

The Seek Art shop offers limited-edition art objects created by  artists and produced by their /lab.

The SEEK-ART.com network of international artists range in medium and practice.  Michele Thursz, Founder and Artistic Director, is an independent cultural producer and consultant based in New York City. From 1999-2009, Thursz co-founded and directed Moving Image Gallery [MIG], NYC, one of the first galleries to show contemporary artists using electronic and computer-based mediums. You will find her contact information on the Seek Art site.

Two Art Contests–

Yicca Contest 2013 has started!

A.p.s Moho Association has announced the official opening of the Yicca 2013 contest.

12 (twelve) artists will participate in the final exhibition.

From the final 12 artists participating in the exhibition will be announced first and second ranked who will win a prize of 3000 (three thousand/00) and 1000 (one thousand/00) euro.

The works of selected artist will be published on “YICCA 2013” catalogue which will be distributed free of charge to the finalist and will be available for professionals and institutions invited during the inauguration of the event.

The finalists of the competition will have the possibility to stay in city of the exhibition for free during the opening day, as well.

The contest is open to all artists or groups of artists and professionals from any country of the world.

All information about the terms and conditions of registration can be found on the official website www.yicca.org and Subscribe to YICCA 2013 contest!

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Bucketfeet http://www.bucketfeet.com/index.php/NextBucketFeetArtist/

We want you to be the #NextBucketFeetArtist!

BucketFeet’s mission is to find a new artist to design each pair of shoes.  Thus, we are proud to launch our first ever Be The #NextBucketFeetArtist Contest.  Anyone with an artistic spirit and a passion to create can enter.  The top 10 will be featured on our website for the world to see.

The first prize winner will receive a BucketFeet artist contract, a trip for 2 to Chicago (including 2 VIP tickets to Lollapalooza), free shoes and $1000 in cold hard cash. 

Head over to www.bucketfeet.com/NextBucketFeetArtist now to learn more and submit your designs by May 3, 2013.

Our next new artist could be you!

The BucketFeet Team

Oil Paintings by Artist Maria Gibbs Depict Moments From Everyday Life

Hens and Chicks, oil painting by Maria Gibbs

Hens and Chicks, oil painting by Maria Gibbs

Maria Gibbs paints to fulfill her passion for the world around her. She loves the artistic process and the act of painting in oils in her studio. She follows her creative inner voice producing stunning images of subjects that include flowers, succulents, landscapes, and people dancing. Her use of vivid colors bring the paintings to life and her combined brush and palette knife work result in remarkable and subtle nuances in texture. Maria works her large floral images in two series–the first, stylized in nature with much romantic appeal, and the second, near photo-realism. She is excited to share these paintings with you in the galleries on her website  http://mariagibbsfineart.com/.

Bloomin' Red, oil painting by Maria Gibbs

Bloomin’ Red, oil painting by Maria Gibbs

To purchase one of our original paintings or hand-embellished limited edition prints, visit her website  http://mariagibbsfineart.com/

Sound Art Open Call For Submissions: Visible Near Midnight Recordings

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SoundFjord’s Visible Near Midnight Recordings is looking to put out new works of sound art and genre bending works. The result, strictly limited edition, hand-made artefacts.

Drop them a line if you’d like to be considered, or if you have a specific work you’d like them to listen to (original/unreleased pieces please): recordings@visiblenearmidnight.co.uk

Further information about the label: www.visiblenearmidnight.co.uk

Deadline: 21 June 2013 | 23:59

www.soundfjord.org

C o n t e m p o r a r y   S o n i c   A r t   A r c h i v e   ( C S A A )

SoundFjord is about to embark on its largest project to date, to collect and archive works of sonic art from the length and breadth of the country (UK) as well as sending out feelers abroad– to collect and preserve  a comprehensive archive of sonic art works and documentary evidence through photography, film, sound files, analogue and digital formats, writings, letters, emails and so forth. The archive will also serve as to document the gallery’s past exhibitions

 

SoundFjord is constantly on the look out for new items to add to their collection. Should you have work you wish the gallery to consider please let SoundFjord know. They are happy to consider, photography, video, books, leaflets, letters, writings, tapes, CDs, DVDs, digital sound files and so forth.
 
The archive when suitably collected, stored, categorised and annotated will be available for viewing to artists, researchers and the interested general public at no cost. Unfortunately, items from the archive may not be removed; all items will be made available for reference purposes only. Please contact the curator should you wish to submit work to the archive: helen[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk N.B. Do not send items to the gallery before sending prior information
 
 
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SoundFjord is looking for performers to take part in SoundFjord.Dynamic, the live initiative of the gallery’s Exhibition and Events Programme. They are particularly interested in works of an experimental and research-based bias; those that inquire into language within sonic art practice; works researching acoustic ecology; and works exploring minimal sound.


Please state your interest by emailing your contact details along with your performance CV to:
info[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk

 
 
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SoundFjord is currently seeking sonic artists and performers to exhibit at SoundFjord in 2013/14. Please contact the gallery for information and an application form regarding new works you would like them to consider: info[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk

They are particularly interested in works of an experimental and research-based bias; those that inquire into language within sonic art practice; works researching acoustic ecology; and works exploring minimal sound.

 

The Woman Artist Who Painted Abstractly Before Kandinsky

This woman artist made abstract paintings a couple of years ahead of Kandinsky, yet her paintings were not discovered until 1985. Hear the full story in this video–

ArtSnacks

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Yesterday, I posted about the art site eatsleepdraw. While viewing art on eatsleepdraw, I noted repeated references to ArtSnacks, an art supply subscription service. Artists love art materials but perhaps hate the hours spent in art supply stores or online suppliers sites searching for just the right tool.  ArtSnacks feeds that love of the hunt but helps you cut down on time waste with monthly sampling of artist materials

. How clever! ArtSnacks subscription service delivers art supplies to your studio door!

Normally, I receive offers of blog posts in exchange for art products, but this time I bypassed that and went ahead and subscribed to ArtSnacks.

Success! Thanks so much for subscribing to ArtSnacks!

Here are some questions you might have:

I just signed up for a ArtSnacks subscription – what will I receive?

Each month you’ll receive a box full of 4-5 art products to enjoy. Each box will include a different mix of goodies like pens, pencils, markers, inks, brushes, paints, and more.

When will I get my first ArtSnacks box?

If you signed up before the cutoff date (the 20th of each month) you’ll receive your ArtSnacks this month! We ship ArtSnacks on the 1st of each month and you can see details on shipping below. If you signed up after the 20th, you’ll receive your first box next month – and we promise it will be worth the wait 🙂

When will my ArtSnacks ship?

ArtSnacks are sent every month, like clockwork. We’ll start sending out boxes on the 25th(ish) of each month.

Will you tell me what is coming in my box ahead of time? Can I choose?

No, we won’t tell you, we like surprises. But we definitely want to know if you have ideas for future boxes. Send us an email with a link to a cool art product and well consider it for the future.

Whats your cancellation policy?

You can cancel your subscription via the account page at any time. To cancel your subscription, just login to your account, click on Manage Membership and hit Delete Account. You will still receive the ArtSnacks you have already paid for but your subscription will not be renewed the next time it expires.

For any other questions, or to get in contact with us, please feel free to email us directly at ArtSnacksCo@gmail.com

Skeletubes Niche Market

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Last year I posted a video showing items from some interesting niche markets created by artists. Yesterday I happened to find an unusual niche art market on Pinterest. 

Skeletubes are one-of-a-kind paintings on vintage television tubes produced by artist Noah Scalin. Each hand-painted Skeletubes artwork sells from $45-$200.

The artist’s Skull-A-Day blog features skull art submissions from readers, and a weekly giveaway. There’s even been a book published about the Skull-A-Day project.

If you’d like to submit your own skull art, read the submission guidelines here: http://skulladay.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

New Online Boutique Selling Original Art, Limited Editions Prints, Photos etc

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The House of RHS is preparing to launch their online boutique on February 21st. They’re also running a competition on their website House of RHS.

If you have original art that is a good fit for an online boutique, prints, photography, fashion, extremely limited edition t-shirt art designs there is still time to get on board–

simply LIKE their Facebook page and leave a link to your artist site.

Looking for more art sales sites? Click here.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Launches Louise Bourgeois Website

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MoMA launches Louise Bourgeois website

www.MoMA.org/bourgeoisprints

The Museum of Modern Art has launched a major website Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books

This website will eventually contain  3,500 images documenting the complete prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), most of which are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Completion of the website is expected in 2015.

In 1990, Bourgeois donated a complete archive of her printed work to MoMA. That archive will be fully available on the new website by 2015. Presently, the site represents 400 works on the themes of Spiders and printed Fabric Works. These will be supplemented each year, and organized by such themes as Abstraction, Body Parts, Motherhood & Family, Objects, Nature, and Words, among others.

With such a vast collection of Bourgeois prints to be documented, publishing a traditional catalogue raisonné in book format was impractical, requiring seven or eight volumes with limited availability, while the website catalogue is geared to the general art public. Moreover, interactive digital media allows for features that provide a vivid look at the artist’s creative process. These include searches by theme, publisher and printer, and technique, as well as an “Evolving Composition Diagram,” in which viewers immediately grasp a composition’s development. This diagram is enhanced by a pioneering “Compare Works” mode, where two sheets can be placed side-by-side to compare and contrast, with a “Zoom” feature  for studying intricate details.