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.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

infini2 ~ 'Earth Lies Bleeding'

Emotions In Colour
~ Earth Lies Bleeding ~

Earth Lies Bleeding, by Sab Will, 2008, available for purchase

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Title: 'Earth Lies Bleeding'
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2008
Material: acrylic paint, sand, modelling paste, strips of canvas and metal pins on canvas
Dimensions: height 60 cm / width 60 cm
Including special frame: height 66 cm / width 66 cm
Current Location: Paris, France
Current Status: available for purchase

Artist's Commentary: This is maybe my first picture in the infinity squared series to make a strong statement - that of being aware of what we are doing to the Earth, our only possible home.

I'm not strongly political, but I often feel rather guilty for, quite frankly, doing practically nothing towards some of the woes of the day. So without stooping to preaching, which I would be spectacularly unqualified to do, I was attracted to the idea of at least representing pictorially my interpretation of what's going on.

The rugged and highly textured browny background represents the charred and hurtin' Earth, the bright red raw slashes the wounds we are inflicting upon it. And I've even thrown an erupting volcano of sorts in there for good measure. And the blue and green strips of fraying canvas, singed at the edges and desperately hanging on with their corroding metal pins are.. did you guess it..? The seas and forests (or any life you like) trying frantically to heal the scars.
It was fun to do and a great experiment in texture as well as sticking stuff on, which I'm getting more and more into, for the amazing possibilities it opens up. I particularly love the scruffy paint just about hanging on to the stuck on strips of canvas and I'm really pleased with the way the metal pins came out. I heated them on the gas to get rid of that horribly bright clean shiny look they came with and now they are interestingly discoloured and fit in much better with the whole idea.

There's definitely a long way to go, both with the techniques used and the theme itself, but as I tend to do a new painting on a whim which doesn't seem particularly related to anything else, I certainly couldn't tell you the next time I'll do such an environmentally focused piece will be.

Earth Lies Bleeding, by Sab Will, 2008, available for purchase

Special Note: Earth Lies Bleeding is part of the 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. It is painted on nine smaller 20 cm x 20 cm canvases and done not have a fixed configuration. Starting with any of the small 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.

For example, the picture just above here, directly before the words 'Special Note' is literally the same painting as the one at the start of this page. This allows you to create your own, unique painting, and to change it around whenever you want. For more information on the infini2 concept, including a demonstration video, please go to the infini2 page here.

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


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infini2 ~ 'Earth Lies Bleeding' © 2010
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.
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