At last one of the sixteen panels is ready to be wrapped and stored ahead of the display that will take place in November. A couple more are probably finished and pretty much all of them are in play. I’m still debating how many will be required to fill the wall I’m envisaging them on, I suspect another eight or so… Luckily there is still a fair few months ahead of me though it is amazing (to me at least) how fast the time goes.
I am beginning to see a way to bring the surfaces to life and inject stronger colour into these pieces without creating the same factor as before – that simply didn’t look right on the aluminium. It’s good to retain the fluidity and be less slavish to the imagery whilst still searching for the spirit of the source material. Though just as I’m building a good head of steam I have a teaching session tomorrow followed by a long weekend break – but that’s a joy as we are off to Madrid. Expect lots of black to start creeping into the pictures come next week!
Sometimes you can think about the way it’s going to pan out…how material will behave, how the image and the handling will be…but it’s never the same as it is when you just get stuck in. The one thing I am glad about is the way in which the fluidity that I was hoping for seems to be working out. Early days but fingers crossed as it seems as if the aluminium supports and the surfaces are doing the job I’d hoped for.
At last the first eight are up on the studio walls – decks cleared, primer on and one at least (the test piece) being given ‘some treatment. At the moment I’m feeling very positive about them. I like the way they sit just off the wall and the distance is such that unless you view extremely obliquely the shadow ensures that the mdc support is pretty much hidden. I am very struck by the sharpness of the edge of the aluminium that makes the break between object and image very abrupt and matter of fact. So far (very early days) I’m happy with the way acrylic sits on the surface and the intensity of colour it provides – as well as the surface strength that allows for plenty of push and pull, sanding down and building up.
There were moments of pangs of regret though – not least when the pristine objects were sat on the wall…I posted this image to Facebook suggesting they were almost too pretty to paint…