Things have been busy here! Kal and I have virtually given up having a living/dining room, for the sake of art of course.
Above: some of the many mixtures I've been experimenting with.
My wall tests and chemistry experiments continue. I think the "chemistry" aspect is soon just a matter of trying one more real variation and then fine-tuning, which is good as I'll re-coat the wall with my preferred mixture and then get drawing madly on it.
The fabric panels (part of a sculpture installation) are being made with the help of a group of generous artist-student-friend volunteers.
Mira Martinez did the sewing, Pam Bell (pictured below) has put in a lot of hours, Darlene Kulig, Lauretta Santarossa, Helen Jones and Kal Honey have all made contributions (names in black are hotlinks).
Almost four of six panels have their white layer now with the black layer still to go, so if you would like to volunteer to come to Brampton to contribute a few hours, please contact me!
I am also doing prep work on the metal sculpture installation pieces before I paint them.
Though I used to imagine myself as the culturally stereotypical solitary artist toiling (probably painting) in my studio, it hasn't quite worked out that way. It seems my work benefits from community, almost as much as I do!
Below: Pam Bell is one of several generous (and cheerful!) people whose help and company I've been enjoying.
Above: Experiments in our stairwell are already more extensive than in this photo and my surface prep research is moving toward its final stages.
Below: Drawing experiments continue. When the surface prep is finalized, I'll be back up on my platform (see the "Massive Drawing" blog post from April) playing with actual image and form.
The swatches below were drawn inside the taped off rectangles you can see in the lower left of the stairwell photo above.
Anybody who's taken an experimental course with me (or my daily practice workshop) will be familiar with the fact that I liken myself to a “mad scientist” in my studio. It's a fun way of encapsulating the playful but serious work of trying, experimenting, finding out what doesn't work in order to find out what does.
My studio is generally full of experiments in various stages of development and observation.
In the photo above are three of the ingredients I am working with for some art-chemistry experiments. The chalk and the gum arabic I just purchased this weekend and can't wait to get mixing with, but first I have to re-prime part of the wall in my stairwell (see previous post on that by clicking this text).
I will keep you posted!
By-the-way, if experimenting like a “mad scientist” sounds like fun, it is, and if you're not doing enough of it yourself, why don't you set aside some playtime in your “laboratory”?
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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