VISUAL ART: EXIT POLL: What gallery-goers think of Chuck Close at the Hayward

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NAME PETER CLOVE

AGE 72

It's quite stunning. I've never heard of this guy and I haven't seen this form of art before. It's brilliant. The early works are a remarkable feat but I can't really see it as art. But the collages are amazing and reality becomes bolder and you get more out of it than you could possibly get out of photos or drawings.

NAME YUVAL HAVKIN

AGE 24

I'm so impressed at his technique, but it's a little boring to start with - I can see a photograph whenever I want. But the development into collage is fascinating because each piece is only one colour. It's a completely new technique to me.

NAME KEVIN CAMPLING

AGE 46

My humble opinion is that it's too systematic. It's all technique, and it's an old technique as well. It reminds you of computerised images, or of newsprint blown up, which lessens the effect of it a bit for me.

NAME GILLIAN COUSINS

AGE 49

I thought his work was incredible, particularly the abstraction, which is what an artist always does: start with a conventional image and then look into it so closely that you're just looking at surfaces, textures and light. The first works seem more than real, partly because of the size.

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