acrylic on acid-free tape on paperI thought I would preview two of the works on paper I've finished this week. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. These are two slightly different directions that are being explored simultaneously with the tape drawings.
6"x4" - 2007
6"x4" - 2007
acrylic on acid-free tape on paper
6"x4" - 2007These intimate paintings started as a by-product of larger works. Late one night last year, when removing tape that I had used to mask areas on a few paintings, I was sticking the "trashed tape" to the side of my work table and to my wall near my chair. The next morning I walked into the studio and started admiring the images made by the tape on the wall. I started to cut the tape and created a few unsuccessful drawings, but I knew I was onto something.
I started deliberately making these "tape drawings" and found success with a backing material on which to attach the tape while painting it. Then I would cut and remove the tape, rearranging the placement and orientation of each piece of tape on the final piece. This re-mix of the original piece maintains its unity, but provides and additional twitch and flutter that I think directs the viewer into and around the image effectively. Space and form is shifted, re-directing movement in the piece.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these pieces before the open studio next Saturday, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). They tend to go fast. I hope to see you next week at the open studio here (December 8, 8pm-12am).