To Make sense of this You really need to read from the bottom – (is it finished yet?)
November 2014 – Black Swan Arts
So the show is up and I have had to draw a line under it all, although I could have kept working on it for another couple of months.
This project hasnt gone the way I imagined. – What I imagined, was a pair of painterly, abstract images making a series of gradual changes, steps and progressions that would lead steadily towards a finishing point. Instead there have been a series of lurches in new directions as I made compete changes of mind about the subject matter
I think I probably got a bit lost in the sea of possibility and have ended up in a completely different place to the planned route. Off course – here be monsters…
In the process I have effecively destroyed several paintings that were beginning to show some potential. I have ened up retreating from unknown waters to firmer ground. Something a bit more tangible. But it still just feels like a step along the way, and not the final destination.
There are ideas that remain unfulfilled , that I was sure would come into the story, but in the end just didnt fit, or were passed by because another path was taken.
The moment there was a fire it seemed to draw the attention and any uncertainty was relieved by moving closer to it. Zooming in seemed to resolve some problems but just created others. I would like to end up going further in, and almost out the other side if you can follow what i mean.
I have always been really interested in the macro micro nature of the universe and the way that patterns and shapes seem to repeat themselves as one zooms in at greater and greater magnifications
There seems to me to be a cross over in the way that digital information is, or can be manipulated, and I have become fascinated with the patterns that can be created in the gamma corrections of photoshop at high magnification.
I ended up messing around with the photo of the abandoned quarry further in photoshop in a kind of parallel way to the paintings.
From it I produced many more images as I zoomed in and manipulated the colours. Of which I have printed up 5 using a new Sublimation technique onto aluminium that looks beautifully crisp and glossy.
Some of these have a visual relationship to maps and satellite imagery that then takes them back towards landscape but from a completely different angle, I think this ties in with what I mean by though the other side.
I can talk alot about connections , but in the end they are just bits of random colour that just sing together in a beautiful way for me. The serendipity of their discovery has a parallel with the creation of my pallet paintings which can be seen at happy accidents. The moment to stop with these can become even more acute. because they are so much smaller a single gestural mark can radically change the whole image, and there seems to be a fine line to walk between abstract marks and finding and picking out the imagined imagry in them.
Will post more images manana…