(Better image to come)
Moving on, I have been working with large scale canvases, those that I am not used to. Usually, I work in sizes of A4 or A5, the next project that I undertaken is stepping away in my comfort zone in the form of a large A3 canvas. The A3 canvases although simple and very minimal can be extremely time consuming, they also remind me of advertising billboards that conceptual artists take for influence. While the size is intimidating, I have found that the new colour mixes and engages well with the size and structure of the canvas as a whole. The quote reads, Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art, this quote is by Pop artist Andy Warhol. The idea and what prompted me to fill up the large canvas with text was first inspired by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, in which his painted letter towards Michael Gove inspired me to create a large piece and fill up the working space as much as possible.
I have a fascination in the visibility of text, and how readable the text can be.
This series of small A5 black canvases is the product of that fascination and experimentation. When face to face to them, they aren’t as visible as the images shown, rather their visibility and ability to be read depends on the height in which they are displayed and the shade of the lightening, as well as the angle in which the viewer in peering from. Its good to note that reading the text upon this canvas is near impossible at a distance, to be read and to be understood, the viewer would have to peer close to the pieces. The text has a sort of shiny reflection when gazed at from certain angles, which is sure to catch the viewers’ attention.
Those pieces were created by experimentation of minimal approach and construction, an example of this would be the small sized canvases were constructed with only two materials, paint and embossing powder, both of which is the same colour. Like Edward Rushca, the piece is only of colour and text, and still manages to portray its text and message in a bold sharp fashion.