Spray Paintings

Untitled Study 3. Acrylic spray pigment on archival paper (2018) 20x20 cm  Untitled Study 1. Acrylic spray pigment on archival paper (2018) 20x20 cm  Untitled Study 4. Acrylic spray pigment on archival paper (2018) 20x20 cm  Untitled Study 2. Acrylic spray pigment on archival paper (2018) 20x20 cm

These works are connected to my digital drawings and explorations of how the aesthetics of data visualization and infographics are impacting modern visual culture and methods of making paintings.

Earlier in my practice I developed a simple calligraphic way of making gestural monotype prints. A hybridization of painting and drawings these monotypes were incredibly satisfying to make -- immediate and bold. In my current studio explorations, my wax layered paintings are "slow" painting that take a long time to dry in between applications of deliberate layers. Moving quickly, working with spray paint has been a surprising way to make something happen in the studio. To create a balanced momentum in my contradictory urges to both research and innovate and obtain a decisive result.

The larger works have layers of spray and impasto oil marks as a manner of visual contrapunctus (a musical term meaning texture resulting from the combining of individual melodic lines).  A digital approach to constructing images is applied as if painting came into being after the advent of Adobe Photoshop, the drawing tablet, Gaussian Blur and drop shadows. The visual vocabulary of lozenges, ovoids, cones, rectangles and squares harken back to the classroom fundamentals of drawing and sketch rendering, and even the early days of experimental animation (cue Len Lye). The planes and fields, and the relationship to optics also appears to be in conversation with the historical movements of Bauhaus and Constructivism. After-the-fact, I’ve noticed a dotted line connection to the tubism of Leger, and the constructions and visual experiments of Moholy-Nagy.  The larger works have layers of spray and impasto oil marks as a manner of visual contrapunctus (a musical term meaning texture resulting from the combining of individual melodic lines). 

The little spray paintings that have pale veils of colour that float over and under near fluorescent hues that difficult to reproduce in photography.