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

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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!


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

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Infinity Squared ~ 'Sea Set Sparkle 2'


Emotions In Colour
~ Sea Set Sparkle 2 ~
 
Sea Set Sparkle 2, by Sab Will, 2010

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Painting Fact File

Title: 'Sea Set Sparkle 2'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint with various mediums and additives, on ceramic tiles, mounted on rought whitish concrete wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Avenue Reille, next to Parc Montsouris (Paris 14)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent

Artist's Commentary: This is the second in this series, and it's in a very nice location, just opposite the Parc Montsouris, and a really anonymous, boring wall, so hopefully it's an improvement on the area!

I like the way it seems to fit in naturally with the corner of the wall which quite a few people seem to go past, but there isn't much reason to actually stop at this point, so it'll be something which people glance at as they go past, and hopefully get to like and maybe wonder about.

It's also got a new form of my signature, which is varying slightly as I develop the infini2 theme. It seemed to fit in with the piece as I wanted it too echo the feeling of the sun over water over land, which is the orange over the blue over the green. I reckon I'll try to adapt my signature to fit in with each picture if possible, as just another way of having a bit of artistic fun. Maybe it won't always be possible, but I don't see why not.

Another thing I should say about this topic is that the signature might seem a bit strangely positioned. That is to say, not in a more traditional bottom right or left position. That's true, but as there is no true top or bottom, beginning or ending to my pictures, there shouldn't really be a fixed position for the signature either is what I'm saying to myself. That's all very well, but I'm still tempted to put the name in a tradition position, so tied am I to what I'm used to that it makes me uneasy to see it stuck right up at the top in the middle or up on the side, but I think I'll have to get over that or I'll be being untrue to my own artistic vision.


Apart from that I'm pleased with the range of pics I got in situ on the occasion I walked past to see if it was still up the day after I'd placed it. There are some interesting juxtapositions like the angles on the big white building interacting wonderfully with the nine squares of the picture. Also a couple of nice passerby moments which could never have been set up and give a pleasing and essential feel of the piece and the place.

Not sure if I mentioned it, but I love playing with numbers and sets and patterns and must be obsessed with gestalt because here is another example of it: there are three of the orange-blue-green units and in each of these one of the colours has been enhanced with extra paint, more gloss and a little sparkle. So over the whole painting, each colour has its moment of glory, but not necessarily unity, as there is no configuration of the nine smaller squares which will allow all of the orange-blue-green groups to be complete at the same time. One will always be incomplete, unfinished or 'imperfect'.

I personally like the literal meaning of infinity. In French it's easier to see: infini, which literally means 'unfinished'. There will always be something unfinished in my infinity squared paintings, however frustrating or annoying that may be! Symbolic of the choices we have in life: we can't do everything, and doing something means doing other things less well and accepting that it's ok.

Decide what you want to do and try to sparkle - never mind about the rest. Sparkle on!

Special Note: Although Sea Set Sparkle 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!


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Infinity Squared / infini2 ~ 'Sea Set Sparkle 2' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Infinity Squared ~ 'Shape Shifter 2'


Emotions In Colour
~ Shape Shifter 2 ~

Shape Shifter 2, by Sab Will, 2010

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Title: 'Shape Shifter 2'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint with various mediums and additives, on ceramic tiles, mounted on peeling painted wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Avenue René Coty (Paris 14)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent


See Also: Shape Shifter 1

Artist's Commentary: This is the second and probably last in this series to be mounted on a Paris wall. I have done three but have been advised to keep hold of one copy for future exhibitions and suchlike, so I'll be hanging on to the last piece for the time being.

It's a bit of a shame because I intended the last one to have the round orange circle completely split up and gracing each corner which would be nice but I'll have to do that on some other works.

So this idea of keeping hold of one in each series fits in well with my starting to do series of four instead of three. Three is a good number to put up on the streets I reckon and still hold onto one for myself or whoever wants to buy it.

So here is this one, and I'm pretty pleased with where it's ended up. Originally I had in mind the actual staircase leading up to rue des Artistes, but when I actually went there I thought it would be taking away from the natural charm of the place, so I decided to put it a few metres away, next to a bus stop, where it will hopefully cheer up a few people as they head off to work. You can see the staircase I'm talking about sloping away behind the bus stop in one of the pictures above, by the way.

I'm also pretty stoked, as they say, about the way my iPhone pictures turned out, which you can also see on the relevant Paris and I blog entries here. I'm seeing this additional element of trying to create something new and original by photographing my street art in the context of its environment as a very complementary and enriching and integral part of the project. That was a long sentence. In the absence of direct feedback for the time being, it's pretty exciting to see someone at least looking at my stuff as part of their daily grind.

The first iPhone pic of Shape Shifter 2 above is really cool, I reckon immodestly, because of the way it interacts with the square trellis thing on the rather distinctive building next door, and I love the angles as well. I wonder if anyone else has thought that too.

The second picture below is a double exposure done in camera at the time of shooting, with me trying to line up the soggy autumn leaves at my feet with the close up of the image from the wall. Not perfect but ok.

I'm still waiting for my first return on my street art, but it's extremely early days yet, and also I haven't exactly put the web address on each pic, so I guess that'll take some time, but it'll still be a thrill when I finally see that someone has posted a picture of one of my works on some blog somewhere!
Special Note: Although Shape Shifter 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!


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infini2 ~ 'Shape Shifter 2' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Infinity Squared ~ 'Have To Whisper 1'

Emotions In Colour
~ Have To Whisper 1 ~

Have To Whisper 1, by Sab Will, 2010

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Title: 'Have To Whisper 1'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint and aerosol, on ceramic tiles, mounted on rough off-white wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Passage du Moulin des Prés, Butte Aux Cailles (Paris 13)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent


Artist's Commentary: This was both the first picture I attempted on shiny white ceramic bathroom (doesn't sound too glamorous, does it?) tiles and my first adventure with aerosols, so go gently with me!

In the end, I'm pleased with it, although I'm not sure how well the very hand-painted look of the black and white lines melds with the aerosol sprayed, touched-by-no-human-hand background and the also very spontaneous flicked and splashed red and yellow bits, with didn't involve touching the canvas either. But then again, I wanted to see what the effect would be of this mixing of interaction with the surface, sometimes physically touching it to apply the colour, sometimes not, so, well, now I know.

I was also experimenting with integrating text into the design, and here the name and the text comes from a poem of mine called Have To Whisper, in case you hadn't guessed. Not that there's much relationship to the poem, except for the hand that created it, but anyway. In retrospect, I think I tried to do too much. I have the phrase from the poem. I have my signature. I have the word 'infinity' with a little exponent '2' up there to the top right. Then there's the 'infinity' symbol, with a little square in the exponent position (gosh, aren't I just the clever one).

Well in the end I reckon it's probably all too much and I'll probably simplify all these symbols down in future. I quite like what I did on Sea Set Sparkle with just the signature put together in a different way and just the infinity symbol with its little square to give people a hint to the 'secret' of the pictures and also the website address (infini2.com , in case you didn't know).

Oh, I should also say that this picture is extremely, extremely important. When the French want to emphasise how 'very' something is, they just repeat 'very' as many times as they deem impressive enough, as they don't have any heavyweight adverbs in their language, like 'extremely' or 'incredibly', or if they do no-one seems to know them. Well, in this case I'd probably have to say something like 'incredibly, unbelievably, stupendously important in my career as a Paris street artist before I even started to approach the truth.

Why? Because it's the first one I ever did. I won't go into the details of creeping around the Butte Aux Cailles at 6am avoiding the curious gazes of the street cleaners and market setter-uppers with a suspicious looking bag and a glue gun that looks like a sub-machine gun, but it was... exhiliarating, I guess might be the word. The first of many, I hope.

Special Note: Although Have To Whisper 1 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!


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'Have To Whisper 1' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Infinity Squared / infini2 ~ 'Sea Set Sparkle 1'

Emotions In Colour
~ Sea Set Sparkle 1 ~

Sea Set Sparkle 1, by Sab Will, 2010

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Title: 'Sea Set Sparkle 1'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint with various mediums and additives, on ceramic tiles, mounted on whitish small-tiled wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Rue du Moulin des Prés, Butte Aux Cailles (Paris 13)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent

Artist's Commentary: I was dubious about this one and still am to an extent. It was an attempt at a truly minimalist wink at nature, hoping that it might remind some of the oppressed passers-by off to work of their holidays or some better time at least.

Now that the first one is up, I'm half disappointed, half happy with the result. It seems terribly insignificant when you see it from afar, but then again, the wall and even the whole street is so drab and boring, anything splash of colour has to be better than none.


Having said that, it's not quite true, because off to the left of this is an entire wall full of colourful, in-yer-face graffiti, but this particular corner is crying out for something other than election propaganda and this is what it got.
I would have put it on a bit of wall further down towards the Butte aux Cailles swimming pool where there is a lot of street art, including Miss.Tic, Nemo and others, but there was a guy sitting on a bench looking right at it so I preferred to do this which was a bit more discrete. I'd love to know if anyone likes it or not. I've still got two more to go and haven't decided where to put them yet, so we'll see and it'll appear here in any case.

Special Note: Although Shape Shifter 1 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!


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Infinity Squared / infini2 ~ 'Sea Set Sparkle 1' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

infini2 ~ 'Shape Shifter 1'

Emotions In Colour
~ Shape Shifter 1 ~

Shape Shifter 1, by Sab Will, 2010

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Title: 'Shape Shifter 1'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2010
Material: acrylic paint with various mediums and additives, on ceramic tiles, mounted on peeling painted wall
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Passage Boiton, Butte Aux Cailles (Paris 13)
Condition: mounted on wall - condition excellent

Artist's Commentary: I'll be honest with you: this picture is one of three from my very first foray into the shady world of wall decoration... history in the making, if you like. It's based on this old one here from a couple of years ago, the original only being a few centimetres across and designed for display on a desk. I'll get away from this picture after this - I think I've got it out of my system - but it was a good one to work on for this first project on the walls of Paris as it's pretty striking and all I had to do was copy!

I'm pretty keen on the extremely basic graphic shapes - the circle, the rectangle - although they all have texture and the background is far busier of course, to contrast with the relentlessly plain forms in the foreground, seemingly more so by being much lighter/brighter than the cracked background.

I'm quite pleased with the way this has come out, with little details that count, such as the background which shows through the cracks being the same colour as the green, purple and orange forms.

Imaginative photo from my Paris and I Blog

Knowing what to call this was difficult. I like names and playing with words, but although people do think of the sun when they look at this that would almost be too easy. I've gone with Shape Shifter as the name is nicely intriguing and science fictionny, and goes with the fact that I'll be playing around with these shapes when I put the sister pics up elsewhere in Paris in different configurations and see if anyone notices.
My biggest thrill is going to be when I see that someone has taken pictures of them and put them on a blog somewhere - then I'll know that something is reaching someone at least!

Special Note: Although Shape Shifter 1 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!


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infini2 ~ 'Shape Shifter 1' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.
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