02/20/17

I've moved into this new year with a lot more questions than answers. Even as I write I find it difficult to consolidate some of my explorations into a single topic. I've been making visually stimulating prints using ellipse motifs.  Here are some examples.

 Seven Ellipses, hand printed woodcut proof

Seven Ellipses, hand printed woodcut proof

 Six Ellipses, drypoint on zink, proof (having some issues getting a burr in the zink, these plates need some more touching up)

Six Ellipses, drypoint on zink, proof (having some issues getting a burr in the zink, these plates need some more touching up)

I just want to get more comfortable with printing and creating images. Part of my inclination is to create symmetrical, stimulating imagery that flips between flat and dimensional. I'm not sure where this fits into the time based work and that's ok with me. 

I've been painting in shorter periods of time, trying to make decisions within a few seconds and letting them be. 

 6'x6' 99 Minutes, acrylic and oil on canvas

6'x6' 99 Minutes, acrylic and oil on canvas

This is a painting made up of 1188 squares, the black lines are acrylic and the red is oil. I filled the squares at 5 seconds per square, 99 minutes total. Unlike the time cards, it's a very stressful experience (since I have to keep looking back at the timer every few seconds). I've been working with sound recently though and can fix this by making a track with a beat that keeps me on time. 

Towards the end of the session, the mark making began to take a life of its own, becoming more gestural instead of just filling up the grid. I painted in alizarin crimson because 99 is a very red number to me. I'll repeat the process again on a new 6x6'.

 Four 10 Minute Sessions, Linocut proof

Four 10 Minute Sessions, Linocut proof

Lastly, here is a similar way of thinking but with four linoleum squares drawn at 10 minutes each. I've also been experimenting with some processes in VR and will have some videos to share in the following days. 

My best,

Paul.