AM 730 is a two year painting/drawing project that explores the material possibilities of contemporary painting in practice through blending material processes and visual ideas to develop new research methodologies that will contribute to the existing dialogues that surround the practice of painting in Universities today. Located within the genre of Abstraction, the project employs several modernist tropes that will be recontextualised and challenged to examine: Painting in an Expanded Field: uniting the past in the present.
As part of the process of making I shall investigate traditional and experimental approaches to painting by exploring the concept of materiality, which also provides the contextual framework for this investigation that constructs and deconstructs the space and place of painting. Documenting studio practice will take shape through a visual and textual lens. The development and discovery of new visual methodologies is the expected outcome.
A strong visual context and conceptual structure is vital for imparting knowledge in practice based research so that information is not only shared and received, but expanded upon. In doing so, the viewer/practitioner will develop a thorough understanding of how visual practice and traditional research processes can coexist, both as a field of study and as a method of exploring everyday experiences through a creative lens.
Painting in practice places the practitioner, viscerally and intellectually in the past and in the present - a dichotomy I hear you say. Yes paintings past is paintings present and its future and its what you receive when you engage with the past, a body full of history - ritual - tradition, all of which can transmute and expand a contemporary approach to painting and drawing practice.
The tools of the trade, techniques and material methodologies of the Old Master Painters are a contemporary painters best friend. They will keep you healthy and your studio toxic free, which is what we all aspire to??? Anyway as a mature painter my health and well being are of great importance, but apart from that there is a rich history and experience of making that will expand your perspective and experience of painting but it will also expand the field of contemporary painting when we really reconsider paintings material history
I personally blend traditional material methodologies with contemporary factory produced products as this is where my interest lies, I enjoy bringing the past into the present in practice but also in the conceptual development of my work.
So really there was no other name other than Rabbit Skin and Gesso for this blog - its the way in which all of my painting begin: Ritual and Tradition keeps you grounded in the cannon of Western painting and asks of you to participate in something bigger than yourself. It also requires you to cook - to set up a kitchen - because you have to Make your Rabbit Skin Glue and if your are really keen, which you all are, you will also make your own Gesso. [Recipes to follow]