Archive for acrylic
In the ‘Alchemy’ project, the objective was to experiment with unusual media. Of course I had a field day! This is the cover, which consists of two cardboard covers (back and front). The pages are held in place with a big clamp.
The media use consists of silver paper rolled up and shaped into the letters, painting in acrylic paint. I was aiming for a nacre mother of pearl effect.
To be continued
Hooray it’s my birthday today! One of many, too many and I celebrate it with one of my favorite artists Anselm Kiefer, German painter and sculptor b.1945 …….. and by going to work. A bit of a drag eh, but I really couldn’t get the time off this time.
Kiefer studied under fellow German artist Josef Beuys b. 1921 -1986. Beuys was a performance artist, his art is kind of ritualistic. Rescued by Tartars in the Crimea he then started to use lots of animal fat and felt in his work.
Kiefer’s work is about the Germany’s past. He uses collective memory, folklore and unusual media like straw, glass ash and clay. His art processes the past and gives new meaning to the present. He works on a very large format which is impressive, his work has an air of fragility about it (through the use of his materials), yet it’s statements are strong. He loves to use lead, nails, and other strange materials. His work has a creative alchemical feel to it that I love.
This is what The Independent said in a review of Kiefer’s February 2007 exhibition at London’s White Cubes Gallery:
“Great art is about transformation And transformation experience and transforming materials are what Anselm Kiefer specializes in. The contrasting themes of destruction and recreation, violent upheaveal and spiritual renewal, underin much of the artist’s work.”
Continuing my Altered art book: page 19: the words I have chosen are;
He had a moment of clairvoyance
He turned cold inside and something tightened in his head……
I had a bit of a job with this. Why had I chosen those words so long ago?
‘A moment of clairvoyance’ what does it mean? a sudden enlightenment? a revealation? the moment you just ‘knew’? I think everyone gets glimpses every now and again. I think ‘clues’ are all around us about what is going to happen, or what direction we are heading. It’s a matter of interpreting them, being aware and sensitive to slight changes. This made me think about lifting a curtain up, or a veil and taking a peek what lies beyond it.
I printed out a small picture of Aleceister Crowley (why him? I honestly don’t know), but its likely because he tried to get beyond the veil…into a few dark corners lol! I then placed a ‘curtain’ over him. I suppose I was thinking of the Magician (so above, so below) and subverting this to ‘so underneath, so over (the top lol) or so is hidden, so is revealed. The artist relating to this page will be myself………….
Media used; handmade paper, oil pastel and water colour, photocopy, organza ribbon
To be continued
In this painting , I used ink, some acrylic and filler. I tend to use a lot of this as an impasto, it mixes well with acrylic and gives a nice surface for painting on using inks etc. Originally this painting was called St Michan’s, after the Church in Dublin, where I spent my birthday shaking hands, (well a finger actually) with an old dead crusader (traditional) in the crypt. So from one old crusader to another ………happy to meet you mate, but I can’t say you brought me any luck, though, at least I AM still here, so that will have to do to be going on with lol!