The visible touch – Exploration of site experience – a surface discovery

Based on my previous works, contextual research and experiments I continued with two more elaborated works on board to explore the space of the site and my support.

Materiality and surface

Deeper investigation and exploration of textured board markings in acrylic and mud. I went back and forth over the surface with the flat and sharp edges of a spatula to add and remove applied mud and paint, leaving random spaces. For an enforced visual effect of stones, pebbles I applied in #3 charcoal powered and white gouache (back and force).  In #4 I applied the earlier tested approach of imprints with a pebble and charcoal powder (plus gum arabic). I was searching how to make water surface perception and applied horizontal markings with white gouache and black acrylic (#3) and with the sharp edge of a spatula (#4). As in the previous 2 works (#1 and #2) I kept the black horizon on the top in bold contract to the lighter foreground that has more details.

Material: found mud and particles from site, acrylic paint, charcoal powder & stick, sepia pigment, gouache, water

Support: 70 x 50 cm canvas board

#3: work in progress

Final image #3:

Stefan513593 - personal project - Materiality and Surface #3

Stefan513593 – personal project – Materiality and Surface #3

 

#4: work in progress

Final Image #4:

Stefan513593 - personal project - Materiality and Surface #4

Stefan513593 – personal project – Materiality and Surface #4

 

The physical intensity of rubbing on and into the surface, touching and feeling the particles as barriers that act as mark makers, does provide a sense of the site. It is a walking over the surface with my fingers. A discovery tour and interaction of material, structure and markings. Abstract in its markings, somehow between Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter.

 

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