Sunday, November 25, 2007

Connections -

"Basic Series - A Square Peg and A Round Hole #5"
monotype by Mick Mather
I was noodling around with another image this morning that ended up as the weekly post at my Sci-Fi blog, Outer Dust Rings. As it happened, it turned into a revived, digital version of The Basic Series, which is actually an altered book project that became impossible for me to continue. More insight and a few more examples of these works-on-paper in book form can be found at No Matter What Shape - The Archive. As I contemplate moving forward with these works as digital paintings it seems like a good time to show this piece and take a peek back in time while looking to the future.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Elina said...

This is a quite hard for me to understand. I do see the figures inside the bigger (bloody red) figure.

In fact it could be a (news)paper, but you can't read it because there's blood everywhere.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

elina:
Remember, this is an altered book. A GW-BASIC: 3.22 USER's GUIDE to be specific ... so, the printing you see is from that. The monotype project is a play on the word BASIC in the title. Basic shapes, circle and square, were used to compound the visual joke regarding the mental effort required to learn the BASIC code and, for some us, "a lot like driving a square peg into a round hole!" Layer upon layer of tempera was laid down on the page and then I drew into the muddy layers with a toothpick, in effect scratching through to create the image. This printmaking exercise was a broad ranged effort that used painting, drawing and printmaking to come up with these pieces.

Of course, the simple explanation here is, "yes, there's way too much blood to see what's really going on here!" :D

4:23 PM  
Blogger ~Izabella said...

I just happened to stumble upon your blog, happy I did!

love your work, very detailed~

8:17 PM  
Blogger griesmail said...

Did you create this mono-type.
I love those "abstract" images.
Its so strange that we always try to see things in it.
Sometimes just colours without images or drawing are strong enough.

I cried once standing before a huge Rothko in the museum. It was the beautiful monochrome blue that touched me....

11:48 PM  
Blogger griesmail said...

ofcourse you made it yourself, I have to read better, sorry Mick. Hope you show more of these

11:49 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Rust never sleeps.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

izabella:
I'm happy you did too! There's something new every day so hang on to your hat! :G

griesmail:
Yes, Trijinie, I did a lot of monotype prints some years ago. I don't show much of it because it's such old work. With the Holidays still sneaking up on us day by day, I may post a few more of these. :)

susupetal:
Tell me about it! I stood up just now and, I swear, my joints were creaking just like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz! :D

10:21 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Well, you should be off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

(and bring me my heart and brains...)

10:46 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

susupetal:
Off and away I go then! Cowardly Lion that I am, where in the world would I begin looking for your heart, Susu? Didn't Dorothy - and her little dog too! - discover that "home is where the heart is? As for the brains? I'm told that the scarecrow refuses to share! :D

2:01 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Oh, just bring me a beer then:))

8:12 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

susupetal:
LOL - a beer it is then! Shall I wear my regular uniform in case you decide to have some wine instead? :D

9:27 AM  

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