OBVERSE PAINTINGS

by Fred Chuang




CHARYBDIS
15" x 15"
(sold)


After a long hiatus, I returned to the static electricity drawn technique I discovered with Ontogenie.  In this case, I used gold pigment as my first color, backed by black.  The special quality of this choice is that, depending on the angle of the light to the viewer, the opaque pigments--black, white, blue--either appear embedded into the gold field or begin to move off/away from the background.  It's a truly mesmerizing effect!
The concave sides of the piece are a product of high-temperature annealing, which I can achieve in my kitchen oven, rather than outside, under the sun.  This higher temperature allows for a greater degree of reforming of the polymer molecules, ergo one-directional shrinkage.  I really like the extra "tension" this produces!