I completed a piece this past weekend that I did as a birthday present for my friend Mason Paul, gallery owner/director at Synthetica-M gallery in Cincinnati's Brighton area I've always been a bit hesitant to give art as a gift because you just never know if it will be liked by the person that receives it. Of course, if you know the person well enough that shouldn't be an issue. Anyway, I've shown at Synthetica-M a couple of times and felt like I'd gotten a good enough sense of Mason's aesthetic preferences in art that I figured it was low risk doing a piece for him. And as it turns out, he liked it! This is the piece:
This is a small piece, around 6x8" or so and it's done on a wood panel. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I was particularly happy with 2 things specifically. First, I have a French dictionary from 1906 that I tore out and incorporated the entry for the words "synthetique" and "synthetiquement", in reference to the gallery name. Synthetica isn't a real word so those were as close as I could get to the actual name of the gallery. The other thing I was happy about was that I used an image transfer technique I'd read about but had never tried. The image of the water tower is the one that I (successfully) tried using this method. I think the element works well content-wise (there are a few water towers in Brighton where the gallery is) and compositionally adds balance to the abstract.
The short description for the process I used to do this is this: First, you print out an image on a black and white laser printer/copier. You then paint a over the image using a clear gel medium. Once that's dry, you run the piece of paper under water allowing the paper to dissolve, leaving the image embedded into the back of the gel medium. What you have then is a sort of translucent piece of gel medium (sort of like a fruit roll-up) with an image on in. You then use the same gel medium to adhere it to your piece and it pretty much just blends right it. This is not a new technique by any stretch, I'd just never tried it before. Can't wait to try it again!
Happy 40th Mason!