Tuesday, 21 September 2010

infini2 ~ 'Shape Shifter 1'

Emotions In Colour
~ Shape Shifter 1 ~

Shape Shifter 1, by Sab Will, 2010


Painting Fact File

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!

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

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