Thursday, 26 August 2010

Abstract Mystic - 'infini2' (Part 1)

Offbeat Artistic Observations
~ infini2 ~




Got a new project, people. Can't say too much about it. Bit hush-hush, you see. So let me tell you all about it.

Well, actually, I'll let you guess. What I'm doing here is painting on tiles - yep, good old common or bathroom white ceramic tiles. And it's a bit fiddly in fact, but ok in the end. Why am I painting on white ceramic bathroom tiles, you might ask yourself. Good question, but can you guess?

As I said, the project is a secret one, and you're the only other person who knows apart from me, so keep it to yourself, ok? But I'm going to plaster these damn things up all over Paris. I'm going to take over the city. The whole of the French capital is going to be going infinity-squared crazy!

I'm going to do what many others have done before me. If people won't come to the art then I'm going to take the art to the people. I must admit that I'm a marketing mess, and there's also the snobbishness of the Parisian art scene, to to bypass all that I'll follow in the footsteps, err.. wallprints, of some great artists and see what happens.

So I've been spending quite a bit of time and a bit of money investigating what was necessary to get my infinity2 concept out there.




I realised pretty quickly that canvas isn't going to last very long and would also be devilishly difficult to stick up so that was out. Glueing cut-outs onto the wall doesn't really appeal to me either as I'd really like something a bit more permanent. So bearing in mind my infinity squared concept I thought of what I hoped would be a relatively cheap basic material - white tiles. Actually, at first I thought I'd have to make my own, and was already looking into glazing ovens and all sorts of nonsense when I realised it wasn't necessary. By chance a great spray paint shop had just opened up in my street a few months ago and they helped me understand that I didn't have to buy a kiln to start my street art career...

Not that I know the first thing about aerosol painting or graffiti and that's not quite where I want to go either, but I'm kind of excited to try out this new technique so I've bought a few cans and I'm giving it a go, half asphyxiating myself in the process.

You can see how my first work is coming along in this series of shots I've taken for you. I think for a first attempt it's not too bad, but I'm a bit worried about the red I smacked on. I think I thinned it down with gloss medium and water to make it splashy, and now it's really losing its brightness as I type. It looks ok in these shots, but it was still wet when they were taken. I'll have to watch out for that in future.

I've tried to incorporate a few sneaky little clues into the pics (I've done three versions of the same one in case I drop one!) for fun. There's my Sab signature, then the title of one of my poems, 'Have To Whisper' again I'm afraid, then there's an infinity symbol with a little '2' for the squared bit, and then finally I've written 'infini' which is French for 'infinity' and pleasingly sounds closer to 'unfinished' than the English version, which is nice, along with a little solid square next to it for the 'squared' bit. Is that enough clues for the casual observer, I wonder?!




When painting on those shiny bathroom tiles you have to put all sorts of layers before and after in order for the paint to stick, for one thing, and for it to last, for another. Only time (and weather, more to the point) will tell if I've got it right. It should be finished in a couple of days and who knows... maybe Paris will be admiring (or defacing) it by the end of the weekend...

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!

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