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Been working on this over the last few days.
First, the rough shape I wanted it (click for better pic):
I chose to feature the triangle as the most distilled version of the recycling symbol. Fair do’s it’s reusing and upcycling not recycling but it’s all the same general thing you fussy so-and-so.
I haven’t included pics in between as it just didn’t look right up until just after tea when I did some tweaks.
Rough draft (click to zoom in it looks shite from far away):
Good feedback on the abstract pieces and it turns out my work is actually quite unique.
It was brought to my attention that I could go on four or so different routes to get colour samples from other places.
Some examples I can think of off the top of my head: Lockwood would be sandstone, maybe up by the Job Centre in town centre more concrete, university would be a mix of modern and Industrial with the canal and Canalside buildings, council estates near me are brick red, pre-modern buildings in my neck of the wood are dark brown and black from the smog.
There may actually be a timeline/story/narrative in the different phases/layers of Kirklees seen by the colours. 1900s: blacks, 1970s: brown and grey, etc. There’s potential to bring Mark Rainey’s school of thought in again.
It would seem as though the pieces I’ve been doing at the moment, with their colours and visual language, do reflect the Pennines. It’s also good to see the graphic side of things can be picked up on. I like graphic art and design.
Again, pending tweaks and Monday’s tutorial:
The moss struck me as almost opulent. It was thick, brightly and there was more of it than I’ve even seen before, it seemed to me very much like Royal robes. The diamond design is partly down to Maya Hayuk’s work, partly to Maori cloaks, and partly because it allowed me to taper from the neck downwards without cropping or disrupting the pattern. Again, psychedelically inclined, I expanded a small section of the algae to get a nice background. The bottom left features a row of the wall, then the purple and green brambles and bracken – this part might be reworked – I’m not sure about it as it is at the moment. The top right depicts the curious deposit of iron at the side of the road, pixelated, adding a balance to the visual weight on the left and more variety of colour.
These last two pieces haven’t had the benefit of a weekend’s work, only today’s. To get them to work compositionally I may need more time.
This will probably see a bit of tweaking but this is the general idea. The black field boundaries are more clear when you zoom in.
When on this part of the walk, to your left the hill slopes upwards, so you can see 1/2 mile of fields. As there’s no trees the field boundaries are again noticeable, hence why I’ve included them again on this piece. I’ve layered the green grass pic, as the walls and the rolling hills create folds in the landscape, rather than a flat plain. The grass picture is repeated as the fields look basically all the same. Plus I’ve been listening to a lot of Madchester and Baggy music lately which may have made me psychedelically inclined.
Curiosities take the form of lime green (living) lichen on the wall and covering a tree. The lichen here are cropped into circles. This was firstly an aesthetic reason, through it does hint at scientific specimens/petri dishes.
The bit on the right was inspired by Maya Hayuk. The dry orangey brown bushes seemed to me to be interwoven almost.
The American painter, muralist and printer infuses her work with traditional Ukrainian patterns, being of Ukrainian descent, as well as hints of the Hindu and Buddhist mandalas and psychedelic and cosmic imagery, which is always a hit with me – I’m a big Stone Roses fan and used to consume copious amounts of Lee Scratch Perry.
The Blue Coral piece really appeals to me. The way that an indistinct silhouette of turquoise can add to the piece like that.
The Do Me A Solid remind me a lot of the Palauan Bai buildings I did a post on a bit ago. They’ve definitely got something structural about them without including any real architecture, e.g. wooden beams. Most intriguing.
Ukrainian patterns – to my eyes, quite similar to Fair Isle and Nordic patterns but with some more natural motifs:
Cool Water, Hot Island traces the route of the old Great Kill stream that used to run through New York. The cool blues were chosen to contrast with the oranges and reds of the billboards.
The experimental Pour Paintings series was done with frozen and melted paint and poured and folded paint:
The Times Square Pour Paintings were experiments to see how the paint would mix for the Cool Water, Hot Island piece above:
Pure Intangibles, according to http://www.mollydilworth.com/mandrake.html, a term used to describe “the future potential of quarterbacks in recruiting and trades” – whatever the hell that means, regardless the aesthetics are very good:
Lodge 441 was also inspired by the Underground Railroad quilts, which featured American, African and Freemason symbols. Lodge 441 belongs to the first American Freemason Lodge to accept black Americans. Lodge 441 developed a network of slave safe houses for the Underground Railway in the form of their master builder societies.
36º 30’ is an important latitude, distinguishes the US’s north and south, slave states and free states as well as the modern global economic centres. Building on the trade links Dilworth based the patterns on black American quilt patterns used in the Underground Railroad. Dilworth’s developed semiotic meanings to the pieces with state flags and emblems and the logos of companies associated with the 36º 30’ parallel.
Two practice patterns: