Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Infinity Squared ~ "Moonhead"


Emotions In Colour
~ Moonhead ~








Painting Fact File

Title: 'Moonhead'
   ∞ Photo 1: 'Configuration 1'
   ∞ Photo 2: 'Configuration 2'


Artist: Sab Will

Date: 2012
Material: acrylic paint on nine canvas squares
Dimensions: height 60 cm / width 60 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (September 2012) and available for purchase
Condition: New / Excellent
Artist's Commentary: This is the result of some intense absorption of some of my major influences, namely Kandinski, Klee and Miro.

I'm pleased because for once I was able to produce something I'm pretty pleased with, from scratch, in a couple of days without any major repaints or changes of direction. I've been experiencing some serious existential artistic angst recently, so to be able to produce something like this fairly spontaneously is encouraging. No preliminary sketch was used but I was heavily influenced by a Miro painting which I used to see both if I was able to produce something comparable and also to see if this seemed to be a direction I'd like to pursue. On both counts the answer seems to be yes.


Special Note: Moonhead is part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. It is painted on nine 20cm x 20cm (approx.) square canvases and doesn't have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the square canvases in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to a special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


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'White Here, Write Now' © 2012 
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Infinity Squared ~ 'White Here, Write Now'


Emotions In Colour
~ White Here, Write Now ~







Painting Fact File

Title: 'White Here, Write Now'
   ∞ Version 1: 'White Here, Write Now'
   ∞ Version 2: 'Black & White & Red All Over'


Artist: Sab Will

Date: 2012
Material: acrylic paint on marble conglomerate tiles
Dimensions: height 15.9 cm / width 15.9 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (June 2012) and available for purchase, otherwise shortly to be mounted in Paris streets
Condition: New / Excellent
Artist's Commentary: A new departure, by using smaller tiles, I'm looking both for something which will be easier to put up in the streets of Paris, and which will be 'cuter' and more compact than the larger flat wall tiles I've used up until now.

I also like the fact that these tiles are much less regular in appearance. You couldn't get anything more regular than the white ceramic 'bathroom' tiles I've used so far. These are a different beast altogether, with extremely irregular edges and surfaces, which lend their own personality to the work in a very pleasing way.

There's not much point me trying to line up these things perfectly; it just won't happen! They have a will of their own, especially when you try to force them into a nice, neat three by three grid; they're having none of it. Which adds to their charm, I philosophise...




Special Note: White Here, Write Now is part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 5.3cm x 5.3cm (approx.) square tiles and don't have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small square tiles in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to a special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


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'White Here, Write Now' © 2012 
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Infinity Squared ~ 'Black & White & Red All Over'


Emotions In Colour
~ Black & White & Red All Over ~






Painting Fact File

Title: 'Black & White & Red All Over'
   ∞ Version 1: 'Black & White & Red All Over'
   ∞ Version 2: 'White Here, Write Now'


Artist: Sab Will

Date: 2012
Material: acrylic paint on marble conglomerate tiles
Dimensions: height 15.9 cm / width 15.9 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (June 2012) and available for purchase, otherwise shortly to be mounted in Paris streets
Condition: New / Excellent
Artist's Commentary: A new departure, by using smaller tiles, I'm looking both for something which will be easier to put up in the streets of Paris, and which will be 'cuter' and more compact than the larger flat wall tiles I've used up until now.

I also like the fact that these tiles are much less regular in appearance. You couldn't get anything more regular than the white ceramic 'bathroom' tiles I've used so far. These are a different beast altogether, with extremely irregular edges and surfaces, which lend their own personality to the work in a very pleasing way.

There's not much point me trying to line up these things perfectly; it just won't happen! They have a will of their own, especially when you try to force them into a nice, neat three by three grid; they're having none of it. Which adds to their charm, I philosophise...




Special Note: Black & White & Red All Over is part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 5.3cm x 5.3cm (approx.) square tiles and don't have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small square tiles in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to a special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


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'Black & White & Red All Over' © 2012 
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Infinity Squared ~ 'Vous Êtes Ici'


Emotions In Colour
~ Vous Êtes Ici ~

Vous Êtes Ici (Vous avez remarqué ?), by Sab Will, 2011
 
The Complete Series
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Alternative Arrangements
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Details & Games
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Painting Fact File

Title: 'Vous Êtes Ici'
   ∞ Version 1: 'Autres choses ?'
   ∞ Version 2: 'Je connais plein de choses...'
   ∞ Version 3: 'Vous avez remarqué ?'
   ∞ Version 4: 'Vous me suivez jusque-là ?'

Artist: Sab Will

Date: 2011
Material: acrylic paint on ceramic tiles
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (April 2011), two shortly to be mounted in Paris, one available for purchase
Condition: New / Excellent


Artist's Commentary: These paintings have gone through quite a few changes to become what they are today, and I think you'd be amazed to see what they looked like earlier, and maybe I'll show you what lies under the surface, literally, of what you see here.

In fact it was quite simply an experiment with crackling paint which didn't work out as I was hoping and they lay in this sad neglected state for quite a few months as I moved house and wondered from time to time what to do with them.

In the end I decided to abandon my original idea altogether, which was probably a good move as I've totally forgotten what it was, and head off in another direction. Having said that, there are hints of what the original pieces looked like peeking through what looks like the base layer, the very dark one, but which isn't in fact at all, which is nice.

I feel good about these pieces, because I feel they are a new and much needed direction after changing my painting conditions utterly with the move. This idea came firmly from my new 'head quarters', as it where, and so I feel like I'm making progress and moving on, without which a nasty stagnation can set in.

'You are here', or Vous êtes ici in French, is something you often see on maps in the street, and it started to make me smile when I imagined all these lost people, including myself plenty of times, desperately looking for those three precious words and that little coloured dot in order to suddenly feel sare and reassured that they are not completely lost. But the thing I like most, if you take away the context of the map, is the inherent ludicrousness of searching for a sign which tells you what you already know: that you are, in fact, here!

In truth, you can only ever be here, can't you, in a similar way to the only real time we can ever really experience being the present.

Which in turn got me to thinking of various possible questions, humorous or ironic or philosophical or existential or ideally all four, which could logically follow on from such a curt and blindingly obvious declaration: "You are here".

The more I thought about it, the more perfectly possible sequiturs jumped into my head. In fact, over and above the four which were amongst the ones I've used here, I think I have enough material for ten or twenty more pictures on the same theme, which cuold be good really, because they will have that all important link which people do tend to like, but will also be all different, and if I play around with the colours and design a bit too this could be a fun project I reckon. The ultimate reward will be if people stop long enough to actually look, literaly behind the big 'Vous êtes ici' slogan to realise that there are these follow-on questions lurking in the background, taking the work, and hopefully the experience, to a whole new level.

Another way of playing with this is the amusing philosophical connundrum of phrases like 'You are here...', where it is clearly not true at the moment of my writing it, in which case you could correctly say that I was lying as I wrote... Similarly, I could write 'I am here' which would be true (as I wrote it), but which would then become untrue by the time someone else read it without me breathing down their neck.

Maybe we could say that the words 'You are here', forgetting the map context in which they are usually found of course, are only but always true for the reader at the time of reading, if not for the write at the time of writing. Which would suggest that the words, or at least the meaning of the words, only exist when there is someone there to observe them. Which then brings us on to the further philosophical brain-numb-er of whether anything really actually exists if we are not there to experience it directly.

Ooff! Are you still there? Or here, if you prefer...

Special Note: The Vous Êtes Ici paintings are part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm tiles and don't have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small square tiles in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to a special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
'Have To Whisper 2' © 2011
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Infinity Squared ~ 'Metro Madness'


Emotions In Colour
~ Metro Madness ~
 
Metro Madness (Weepy), by Sab Will, 2011

The Complete Series
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Details
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Painting Fact File

Title: 'Metro Madness' (Four versions: "Angry"/"Nervy"/"Sneaky"/"Weepy")
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2011
Material: acrylic paint and aerosol, on ceramic tiles
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (April 2011), two shortly mounted in Paris, one available for purchase
Condition: New / Excellent


Artist's Commentary: I'm back after a break during which I moved house and it took a while to get up and running again. Now with the spring well and truly here, a new painting space opening onto nature and birds chirping and the odd hedgehog ambling by (could be an interesting new method of application...) I'm ready and raring to go.

The next few pieces I'll present here, including this one, are hanging on from before the move, and so there's a certain feeling of 'sooo last year' to them for me, but that doesn't change their worth (or lack of it) an iota of course.

I'm actually delighted to see Metro Madness finished (all four of them), as it was an idea for a long time and I'm pretty ok about how it turned out. The modus operani as far as my street art is concerned has also crystalised somewhat: I'll do four of each piece (as above), with variations between the pieces ranging from superficial to quite significant. Two will be placed in Paris, one will be kept and the final one will be available for purchase.

This is quite a pleasing idea, I think, because if you do acquire a piece, it will be unique, but will have two sisters in the streets of this city for as long as they last, and a brother staying with me at least for a while.

As to the actual idea, well I'd had it for a while, this idea of roughly reproducing that schematic which is so much part of our lives without even realising it, the Paris metro system. It's been part of mine for nearly 18 now, and I must admit it's an ambition of mine to know the relative positions of all the Paris metro stations by heart. I always get to about two and a half lines and then go off and do something much more useful with my time, but the dream remains.

This intricate lacework of interwoven lines was perfect for my infini2 concept, with the proviso that some fo the 'lines' became curiously elongated and distorted, falling off one side of the map and mysteriously reappearing at the other, but it doesn't matter, it's art, right?

Here you can see one of the tiles from one of the paintings, featuring a little face as at all of the 'interchanges' between lines, as well as the signiture I've used this time, the infinity squared symbol without the name 'Sab', just to enigmaticise things a bit.

My idea for the faces came from the little circle you got when lines crossed, indicating a connection, or 'correspondence' as they say here in Paris. I got to thinking about all those people devoting so much of their lives checking where their train was on the system and seeing if it was time to get off yet and all the possible expressions they might have on their faces as they did so.

There are so many lives intermingling in any given tube train, it's a little like the metro system itself, all these human interactions, unavoidably coming into contact with other of our ilk and yet studiously ignoring each other for the most part. But in the end all sharing the same concerns, frustrations and, occasionally, a high point or two, shown by a rare smile or laugh in amongst all that frowning and grumpiness.

The picture on the left is an alternative version of one of those above, 'Sneaky' in this case, to show you that the configuration isn't fixed, but that the picture continues all the same. A little like everyone's journeys being different and yet we all use the same system to try to reach our destinations.

A bit like everyone's objectives and life goals being unique, and yet we all have to get along with this society, this body (the one we've been entrusted with) and this bunch of weirdos around us. It's sobering to remember that only once in all human experience are you the only sane one out there. That's your human experience I'm talking about. To everyone else we're just one more nutter, loser or weirdo on the train, that you really hope doesn't sit next to you. They might start talking to you about art or something, and then you'd really be in trouble...

Special Note: The Metro Madness paintings are part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm tiles and don't have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small square tiles in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to a special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


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'Have To Whisper 2' © 2011
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Infinity Squared ~ 'Have To Whisper 2'


Emotions In Colour
~ Have To Whisper 2 ~
  
Have To Whisper 2, by Sab Will, 2010

Environment





Painting Fact File

Title: 'Have To Whisper 2'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint and aerosol, on ceramic tiles, mounted on smoothish off-white wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Rue de l'Admiral Mouchez, (Paris 13)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent

Artist's Commentary: The second and final in this series, where I experimented with aerosols for the first time. It's strange, but I honestly can't decide whether I like it or not. I do when I see a nice shiny picture of it like the one above, but when I'm just contemplating it vaguely in my mind I feel there's something not quite right. I think it's still the hand-painted bits interacting with the spray paint that's giving me trouble, but the main thing, like a poem, is that it's out there in Internetsville and Parisland, so let's get over it and move on.

Have To Whisper 2 is really on a miserable hunk of wall on a boring corner but a not uninteresting road, which has some other examples of street art from some of the best-known: there's an Invader, and a Miss.Tic in very poor condition and some other interesting stuff too. There were a few likely looking wall stumps further down this street, but there were quite a few people around and they were a bit too conspicuous so I went for this corner, which happens to be just outside a friend of mine's apartment and he laughed when he saw it.

There's something with this which is quite nice, and that's that you can only see it if you are walking towards it. That might mean that only half the potential audience see it, but then again it's right in the faces of those going the right way. I doubt that anyone would turn their heads to look at this bit of wall if they were coming towards us in this picture above, but it would be nice if someone did!


What I'd love to know most is what thoughts my pictures create in people's brains. I wonder if they are wondering who does these things and maybe even how they could get in touch and see more. I wonder if anyone will look at the picture in detail and try and work out the hints of how to learn about the artist and even end up reading these words! If you are someone who is here having come through that route then you are particularly welcome! I rather like the dog's reaction above, by the way, in one of the location shots, where he seems to be seeking out a suitable post to urinate on having just passed the subject of this posting and my efforts. Maybe the truest reaction of all ;-) 

Not too much more to say about this one because it's already history, and as I mentioned above with the poems, as soon as it's out and up there, I have very little interest in it other than as a historical document which often seems to belong to another, or someone else's life.

Special Note: Although Have To Whisper 2 is now on tiles which are fixed permanently to a wall in the streets of Paris, it is, nonetheless, part of the 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. It is painted on nine 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm tiles and done not have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small square tiles in the middle position, for example, a complete and coherent painting can always be created by putting the others together like a jigsaw.

Any of my infini2 paintings on canvas can be played with in this way, even once the painting is finished, thanks to its special frame and mounting system. So you can, if you wish, create your own, unique painting, and change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video (also below), please go to the infini2 page here.

Let me know what you think - comments welcome as ever!


___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
'Have To Whisper 2' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.
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