Canford Cliffs - 3D virtual exhibition by Michael Sole

Canford Cliffs

Do, 07/14/2022Mo, 08/08/2022

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Nature is the base I experiment from using a method I call Involuntarylism. Nature is a broad subject matter, yet I have homed in and focused on the parts that inspire me to experiment with materials and processes that I use.

The concept behind my paintings completely relies upon the idea of involuntary mark making. How the materials react with one another and how I go about applying them to the canvas. With this concept in mind, nature, with its natural geometry, is the perfect subject as a base to experiment from.

The idea of involuntarylism is allowing the paints characteristics and gravity to produce the marks, creating organic patterns, atmosphere and substantiation, allowing the painting to have a life of its own. As all my paintings are made on the floor, Involuntarylism is subject to me ‘puppeteering’ the paint, using gravity and built up knowledge of the materials and past experiences, to create the painting. The artist’s involvement is purely to manipulate the paint, canvas, colours and consistencies so as to exaggerate as strongly as possible the resulting organic textures and marks. The image is starting to take more of a back seat role in my practice. Without the pressures of the image I can develop, push and explore the more interesting parts of my work and become more involved in the materials and processes which I think better replicate nature than image ever will. I have started to use gold and silver leaf in the under layers of the painting bringing a whole new dimension to my work.

This particular exhibition showcases my favorite work that I have kept for myself over the last three years of making. There’s a mixture of seascapes, snowy mountains and gold leaf paintings.

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