The intrigue of this exhibition of American, Chuck Close’s work, is how many techniques can be employed to create a portrait in a photo realist style. His inventiveness is on display at Sydney’s MCA. Close is internationally renown for his photo-based portraiture that he has been doing for over forty years. Up close to a portrait is as relevant, no matter how abstract, as viewing it from a distance where you see the whole image. It is almost inconceivable that some of the techniques he employs work but the imagination behind the process here ensures that it does. Also the media he uses, from rugs to jacquard tapestry to jigsaw puzzles, pushes the boundaries of expectations of conventional representation of portraiture.