New work for the first part of July.
I have a very nice revision of “Gelid Seascape”. The original idea was an experiment in building up a seascape from extruded ribbons three dimensional threads of clear and tinted acrylic medium. As an experiment it was interesting, and demonstrated a number of paths to take in making unusual and highly tactile acrylic jelly landscapes. I could see this BIGGER for instance.
The initial version (top) was a little sparse. With so much white from the canvas showing through it seemed too much like stuff attached to a surface and not enough like an integrated reinvention of the landscape. I added tinted clear granular gel to the sky and worked it into the holes and crevasses. I added tinted heavy gel to the sea and worked it in in a similar fashion. A final layer of fine extruded three dimensional texture finished the piece. The final version (below) is very integrated and coherent, although I wish I hadn’t attenuated the subtleties of color in the lower layers quite so much. The camera doesn’t do a great job of capturing strongly colored paintings, and there is more violet and green visible in the actual piece. I can envision a few ways to approach subsequent pieces using this technique, so it’s a “win” overall.
“Each New Sunrise” is a brand new piece and it’s another experiment in abstracted landscape painting using media as the message.
Tinted acrylic diluted with water and inks were forcefully flicked into wet gel medium to create the cratered appearance in the middle. Pumice gel and mica echo the granularity of the flicked craters, creating smooth shifts in dimensionality and texture across the piece. The overall sweep of the knifed in media layers suggests hills or waves.
A new Optics Piece, “Power” uses different sized spherical marbles as lenses to push light into the piece and to distort and reveal different aspects of the piece as one peers through the orbs. “Power” is a companion piece to “Influence”, which was competed at the end of June. Both use layered fluid and extruded acrylic techniques to create complex and deep textures and patterns around the spherical lenses.
These pieces will be available through my shop and on the Optics page of the Portfolio, along with “Regrowth”, “Cities of the Future”, “You and Me, Us and Them”, and “Optics Experiment”.
Rounding out the new pieces are two works with a definite Science slant, both dealing with soft matter and complex liquids. The first is Percolation Threshold and the Second is Flow Birefringence. Both will be available in my Shop and through the Science Art Pages in my Portfolio.
“Percolation Threshold” was painted in layers using various texturizing techniques to pattern and prepare the surface at each step, and transparent media to allow each layer to show through. “Percolation” in Science is a process very similar to the process that happens in more everyday percolation, for example a coffee percolator. In the percolating coffeepot, hot water finds a tortuous path through tightly packed coffee grounds in the basket. “percolation” is the process of forming a continuous path through a medium – a gel, a packed bed of coffeegrounds, a colloid, something more exotic, etc. Generally short paths or interconnected structures form first and as these paths or chains grow, they start to connect. With each connection the average path length increases greatly, until a threshold is reached. Below the threshold the paths or chains are isolated, whereas above the threshold the paths percolate through the medium, forming a continuous network.
Flow birefringence happens when a fluid’s symmetry is broken in a flow. At rest, the fluid is more or less the same in every direction (completely disordered = completely symmetric at scales greater than a few molecular nearest neighbors’ distances). If the fluid is complex or structured, then there are long molecules dissolved in the fluid, or chains of electrostatically linked particles, or other soft stuff components inside the fluid. This soft stuff can align and stretch in response to flow. When this happens, the fluid is no longer symmetric and no longer optically identical in all directions. In cross polarized light, stripes of color – flow birefringence and form birefringence will appear. this phenomena is useful in analyzing flows and stresses on complex fluids in different flow geometries. As art, “Flow Birefringence” is not a precise representation of flow data. It is rather more allegorical, with chains of shapes alluding to the process of flow induced alignment and stretching, and rough stripes of color referring back to the optical properties of the fluid.