Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Collection: "La Guitarra"

"La Guitarra"     24" x 18" x 5"
Gouache and High Voltage electricity
on corrugated fiberboard
After "Stripes" I didn't know what to do next. While I was brainstorming my brother, an aspiring musician here in Miami decided to set up on my patio where I work. Under the spinning ceiling fans I was serenaded, and it seemed even the mosquitos were lulled from their swarm.

After he left to go play at one of his gigs (probably the barracuda bar in the grove), I picked up his acoustic guitar and ran my fingers across the strings. After pretending to play Flamenco for a while I decided that it was as good of a model for a painting as anything else. So, I traced it onto my painting, an outline I later burnt away and replaced with a Polyurethane coated pattern of thinly painted lines: the pattern which decorated the wooden face of the guitar.

The texture on the surface of the painting, specifically the red abstractions which seem to be emanating from the guitar, was achieved by adding high water content paint to layers of salt. Again, I tried to focus as much as I could on the natural development of the painting, how the process itself shaped the resulting image. 

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