Monday, October 09, 2017

presuppose nuzzled freedomites

Japanese proverb, 
“My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” 

Yahoo, I finally found Season 1 of 'This is Us' on Hulu.  Basically I hate Hulu and never look for stuff there but tonight, there it was.  And TY was  clicking on it and WOW, he really liked it!  So we put our seal of approval on it and will add it to the three things on earth we can actually watch together.  

Last night I got back from dinner at 9 and checked my email before heading for the bed-  there w as a delivery notice from USPS that they had delivered my package at 8:20 PM.  I was shocked, but not enough to actually put on shoes to investigate.  However it was stuffed in my mailbox this morning as I took Molly out for her third walk.  I can't believe they are that much on the ball that they make deliveries at night!  Very impressive.

Today I took the little box to the studio-  it was some fabric I had ordered and I wanted to see it in real light-  think I'll be making either a jacket or a pair of pants since both are velvet-ish and will work for dress-up.  Like I ever dress up...

OK, today I'm going to talk about SKINS, no silly, not on a body, the stuff you make with paint!  Back when acrylic paints were invented in the late 50's someone used a parchment tear-off pallet and they discovered that the dried paint could be peeled off the backing.  That was fun, so they started doing it intentionally and collected all their leftover paints layered up.  Then someone discovered they could easily apply the blobs back to the canvas with a little gel or loose paint to bond it.  It was a very fun thing to do, and there was lots of it wherever you would go with acrylics. 
  From Nancy Reyner:  What’s a skin? It’s a separate piece of acrylic without any backing or support.  Any acrylic product when applied to a non-stick surface and left to dry, can be peeled off producing a piece of acrylic with no backing. This piece of acrylic, or “skin” can be used as a collage item in a painting, or as an entire layer of a painting.What non-stick surfaces will work? Plastic garbage bags, plastic painting drop cloths at home improvement stores that are whitish and cloudy, plexi sheets called HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), Freezer Paper (found in grocery stores – not to be confused with wax paper) and protective plastic binder sheets found in office supply stores.Which type of acrylic works best? The quick answer is that any acrylic product will make a skin. But to delve a bit deeper, let’s start by thinking of acrylic in two broad categories. There’s paint and binder. Acrylic paint has color, while binders come in 3 basic types: mediums, gels and pastes. So any paint, medium, gel or paste can create a skin, which means a skin can come in any color, opacity/transparency, thickness, sheen, texture or combination.
So now we will have a PAINTY SKINS ARTY PARTY!
Cube, manipulated, folded, and carved

Twenty Gallons
Margie Livingstone:  Twenty Gallons is a large scale, site specific installation commissioned by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) where Livingston covered the monumental 15-foot tall archway in LACE’s front gallery with a series of panels constructed entirely from, as her title suggests, twenty gallons of acrylic paint. The installation exists (deliberately so) within multiple overlapping and potentially conflicting contexts. While references to both the earnestness of Jackson Pollack’s manic gesturing and Roy Lichstenstein’s playful yet cooly calculated Three Brushstrokes are in abundance, arguable the most intriguing element of the installation its location, both literally and metaphorically; Twenty Gallons exists as a threshold between physical spaces and artistic disciplines.

The next few are so compelling because they look for all the world like ruffled fabrics. The are all three dimensional and made only of paint mounted on a substrate.  I*LOVE*THESE!

Leslie Wayne manipulates the medium of painting by approaching oil paint as a sculptural material, often times scraping, folding, cutting, and building up the surfaces. Her work takes on three-dimensional forms with layers, varying textures, and colors. The tactile quality of her work evokes the experience of geology and natural phenomena. “My relationship to landscape is really rooted in memory, in the light, colors and geography of the West,” she said in an interview published in Figure/Ground Communication in 2013. She continues, “So here, in the middle of midtown Manhattan, I approach the subject more as an opportunity to depict visual manifestations of physical forces: compression, subduction, morphogenesis, rather than pictures of nature in the traditional sense. And many of the paintings are shaped in ways that accentuate movement and instability.” 

I bet you're now making skins, right?  And yes, you can stick 'em to anything.  Now go play and stop looking for answers on how to do it!

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