Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Infinity Squared ~ 'Vous Êtes Ici'


Emotions In Colour
~ Vous Êtes Ici ~

Vous Êtes Ici (Vous avez remarqué ?), by Sab Will, 2011
 
The Complete Series
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Alternative Arrangements
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Details & Games
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Painting Fact File

Title: 'Vous Êtes Ici'
   ∞ Version 1: 'Autres choses ?'
   ∞ Version 2: 'Je connais plein de choses...'
   ∞ Version 3: 'Vous avez remarqué ?'
   ∞ Version 4: 'Vous me suivez jusque-là ?'

Artist: Sab Will

Date: 2011
Material: acrylic paint on ceramic tiles
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (April 2011), two shortly to be mounted in Paris, one available for purchase
Condition: New / Excellent


Artist's Commentary: These paintings have gone through quite a few changes to become what they are today, and I think you'd be amazed to see what they looked like earlier, and maybe I'll show you what lies under the surface, literally, of what you see here.

In fact it was quite simply an experiment with crackling paint which didn't work out as I was hoping and they lay in this sad neglected state for quite a few months as I moved house and wondered from time to time what to do with them.

In the end I decided to abandon my original idea altogether, which was probably a good move as I've totally forgotten what it was, and head off in another direction. Having said that, there are hints of what the original pieces looked like peeking through what looks like the base layer, the very dark one, but which isn't in fact at all, which is nice.

I feel good about these pieces, because I feel they are a new and much needed direction after changing my painting conditions utterly with the move. This idea came firmly from my new 'head quarters', as it where, and so I feel like I'm making progress and moving on, without which a nasty stagnation can set in.

'You are here', or Vous êtes ici in French, is something you often see on maps in the street, and it started to make me smile when I imagined all these lost people, including myself plenty of times, desperately looking for those three precious words and that little coloured dot in order to suddenly feel sare and reassured that they are not completely lost. But the thing I like most, if you take away the context of the map, is the inherent ludicrousness of searching for a sign which tells you what you already know: that you are, in fact, here!

In truth, you can only ever be here, can't you, in a similar way to the only real time we can ever really experience being the present.

Which in turn got me to thinking of various possible questions, humorous or ironic or philosophical or existential or ideally all four, which could logically follow on from such a curt and blindingly obvious declaration: "You are here".

The more I thought about it, the more perfectly possible sequiturs jumped into my head. In fact, over and above the four which were amongst the ones I've used here, I think I have enough material for ten or twenty more pictures on the same theme, which cuold be good really, because they will have that all important link which people do tend to like, but will also be all different, and if I play around with the colours and design a bit too this could be a fun project I reckon. The ultimate reward will be if people stop long enough to actually look, literaly behind the big 'Vous êtes ici' slogan to realise that there are these follow-on questions lurking in the background, taking the work, and hopefully the experience, to a whole new level.

Another way of playing with this is the amusing philosophical connundrum of phrases like 'You are here...', where it is clearly not true at the moment of my writing it, in which case you could correctly say that I was lying as I wrote... Similarly, I could write 'I am here' which would be true (as I wrote it), but which would then become untrue by the time someone else read it without me breathing down their neck.

Maybe we could say that the words 'You are here', forgetting the map context in which they are usually found of course, are only but always true for the reader at the time of reading, if not for the write at the time of writing. Which would suggest that the words, or at least the meaning of the words, only exist when there is someone there to observe them. Which then brings us on to the further philosophical brain-numb-er of whether anything really actually exists if we are not there to experience it directly.

Ooff! Are you still there? Or here, if you prefer...

Special Note: The Vous Êtes Ici paintings are part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm tiles and don't 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 a 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, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

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


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'Have To Whisper 2' © 2011
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Infinity Squared ~ 'Metro Madness'


Emotions In Colour
~ Metro Madness ~
 
Metro Madness (Weepy), by Sab Will, 2011

The Complete Series
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Painting Fact File

Title: 'Metro Madness' (Four versions: "Angry"/"Nervy"/"Sneaky"/"Weepy")
Artist: Sab Will
Date: 2011
Material: acrylic paint and aerosol, on ceramic tiles
Dimensions: height 33 cm / width 33 cm (approx.)
Location: Currently with artist (April 2011), two shortly mounted in Paris, one available for purchase
Condition: New / Excellent


Artist's Commentary: I'm back after a break during which I moved house and it took a while to get up and running again. Now with the spring well and truly here, a new painting space opening onto nature and birds chirping and the odd hedgehog ambling by (could be an interesting new method of application...) I'm ready and raring to go.

The next few pieces I'll present here, including this one, are hanging on from before the move, and so there's a certain feeling of 'sooo last year' to them for me, but that doesn't change their worth (or lack of it) an iota of course.

I'm actually delighted to see Metro Madness finished (all four of them), as it was an idea for a long time and I'm pretty ok about how it turned out. The modus operani as far as my street art is concerned has also crystalised somewhat: I'll do four of each piece (as above), with variations between the pieces ranging from superficial to quite significant. Two will be placed in Paris, one will be kept and the final one will be available for purchase.

This is quite a pleasing idea, I think, because if you do acquire a piece, it will be unique, but will have two sisters in the streets of this city for as long as they last, and a brother staying with me at least for a while.

As to the actual idea, well I'd had it for a while, this idea of roughly reproducing that schematic which is so much part of our lives without even realising it, the Paris metro system. It's been part of mine for nearly 18 now, and I must admit it's an ambition of mine to know the relative positions of all the Paris metro stations by heart. I always get to about two and a half lines and then go off and do something much more useful with my time, but the dream remains.

This intricate lacework of interwoven lines was perfect for my infini2 concept, with the proviso that some fo the 'lines' became curiously elongated and distorted, falling off one side of the map and mysteriously reappearing at the other, but it doesn't matter, it's art, right?

Here you can see one of the tiles from one of the paintings, featuring a little face as at all of the 'interchanges' between lines, as well as the signiture I've used this time, the infinity squared symbol without the name 'Sab', just to enigmaticise things a bit.

My idea for the faces came from the little circle you got when lines crossed, indicating a connection, or 'correspondence' as they say here in Paris. I got to thinking about all those people devoting so much of their lives checking where their train was on the system and seeing if it was time to get off yet and all the possible expressions they might have on their faces as they did so.

There are so many lives intermingling in any given tube train, it's a little like the metro system itself, all these human interactions, unavoidably coming into contact with other of our ilk and yet studiously ignoring each other for the most part. But in the end all sharing the same concerns, frustrations and, occasionally, a high point or two, shown by a rare smile or laugh in amongst all that frowning and grumpiness.

The picture on the left is an alternative version of one of those above, 'Sneaky' in this case, to show you that the configuration isn't fixed, but that the picture continues all the same. A little like everyone's journeys being different and yet we all use the same system to try to reach our destinations.

A bit like everyone's objectives and life goals being unique, and yet we all have to get along with this society, this body (the one we've been entrusted with) and this bunch of weirdos around us. It's sobering to remember that only once in all human experience are you the only sane one out there. That's your human experience I'm talking about. To everyone else we're just one more nutter, loser or weirdo on the train, that you really hope doesn't sit next to you. They might start talking to you about art or something, and then you'd really be in trouble...

Special Note: The Metro Madness paintings are part of my 'infini2' (infinity squared) concept. They are painted on nine 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm tiles and don't 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 a 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, go to the infini2 page here. or click the image below.

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


___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
'Have To Whisper 2' © 2011
Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Contact me directly for exhibitions, interviews, orders, etc.
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