48 x 72 inches. Acrylic, ink and enamel on canvas. August 2014
Launch Me Into Space is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
I’ve been really into this musician The Juan MacLean who I learned about from NPR’s fantastic All Songs Considered podcast, specifically the July 15, 2014 edition. The first song they play in the podcast is off of The Juan MacLean’s new album, and I really like it, but the album doesn’t come out until September so what I did was I went and bought his other two albums, “Everybody Get Close” and “The Future Will Come” (iTunes links), which are both excellent and which I have been listening to over and over again (along with “A Long Way to Fall” by Ulrich Schnauss and
“Magic Hour” by Scissor Sistors). So it turns out I had heard of The Juan MacLean before. He had that catchy hit “Happy House” (YouTube link) a few years ago that I liked but didn’t bother getting the album or anything. Anyway, there is a twelve and a half minute long version of the song on “The Future Will Come” (though maybe that’s only on the bonus track version) that it totally hypnotizing. “launch me into space” are some of the lyrics, and they stuck to this painting while it was still being painted.
This painting has a little bit of everything: poured paint, brush work, inks, gloss medium, scraping, thrown paint, plastic gems, and what Liv is calling “pimps” which are those colored dots that I get by squeezing a controlled amount of thinned acrylic out of one of my squeeze tubes. There’s also some Liquitex Glossies acrylic enamel in there, which I was turned onto by my fellow artist and MIT alum Dr. Regina Valluzzi. Go check out her web site, The Nerdly Painter.