Let there be light

Final 4/29

Inspired by recent, more graphic paintings, and also by Jacqueline Humphries, I recently churned a new piece based on the small study in the top row, and using an existing shaped-canvas, which will have (drum roll) three dimensions- high-key color in normal light (1), fluorescence under ultraviolet light (2) and phosphorescence in no light (3). I’ve made work in this vein before (top left).

This will not be the last time I work with fluorescent paint, which will certainly be a new challenge as these colors do not exist on the normal color wheel. The “glow-in-the-dark” medium also gives a decidedly yellow-greenish cast. Technical challenges can not only be inspiring, but lead unknown places and teach the attentive creative.

This piece and the ones that will follow also relate to my installation work, which is time-limited, so that the experience- the presence and participation of the audience- is primary. The use of light will, I believe, foreground my emphasis on and prioritization of perception (specifically, the audiences’) as well. Below are some shots of the finished piece in all three “states.” Definitely going to revisit some of the compositional strategies I used in the early 2000s in the next iterations of this project.

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