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!