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!