Jun 192014
24 x 18 inches - acrylic, ink, and holographic glitter on canvas click image to enlarge

24 x 18 inches – acrylic, ink, and holographic glitter on canvas
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The One that Enforces its Entire Departure by Blake Brasher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This painting is available on Etsy.

Prints from Saatchi Art.

This is an original abstract painting I made at Industry Lab in Cambridge during my time as Artist in Residence there.

This painting was completed on February 17, 2014.

This is a heavily layered composition. I started with a quick underpainting in acrylic. When the underpainting was partially dry I smeared a thick layer of acrylic gloss gel over the entire surface using a tool not unlike a rubber spatula. The process is similar to frosting a cake. Gloss gel is a thick milky goo that dries clear and hard and shiny. Smearing it over the partially wet underpainting causes it to pick up some of the pigment from the underpainting and pull it along in wispy tendrils.

Next I added some ink to the wet gloss gel. I used ink droppers and drew their tips through the gel, leaving channels behind that filled with ink as I squeezed the dropper bulb. In some cases I would only squeeze ink into parts of the resulting channels, leaving the channels empty and waiting to be filled. I also dripped ink onto the surface of the gel in places I wanted the color to spread without forming lines. That’s how I got the nice bright pinks and yellows in this paintings. The blues, reds, and whites were more drawn in.

After the inks were applied I sprayed the canvas with a fine mist of water. The water breaks the surface tension of the ink and makes it spread out. It also filled up the empty channels and formed little pools in areas were the gel build up was lower than the rest of the painting. As the water spread it took the pigment in the ink with it and when pools of pigment meet they mix and form nice gradients.

A pool of dark inks formed in the bottom middle of this painting, and into this pool I sprinkled a bit of holographic glitter. The glitter floats and it spread across the surface of the pool. I squeezed some black acrylic paint into the glitter, pushing the glitter to the edges of paint formations. The result is some nice pure black biomorphic formations outlined in holographic glitter. The glitter changes color and shimmers as you change your viewing angle.

I also added a bit of silver ink in a few spots, like in the red just to the right of the black glitter forms.

The title comes from a quote from Erwin Schrödinger (famous for putting hypothetical cats in boxes) I found on the Wikipedia entry on Quantum entanglement: “I would not call [entanglement] one but rather the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics, the one that enforces its entire departure from classical lines of thought.”

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