Are Your Objects Objects or Facsimiles?

"Rabbit" Jeff Koons 1986 Stainless Steel 41 x 19 x 12 inches

“Rabbit”
Jeff Koons 1986
Stainless Steel
41 x 19 x 12 inches

Class notes from Poetic Non-Representational Acrylic Painting with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

The object in the painting – is it being an object vs. being a facsimile of the object? Does it have a history, a great hook, and richness, a fullness, or is it empty?

What’s the difference between this abstract piece of art and wallpaper?

Matthew Ritchie — “You mostly wait around for things to leak.” -MR, from this Boston Globe article.

Check out Guerra Paints in NY or Nova Paints in CA for large bottle of pre-mixed binder & highly concentrated paints to mix.

To increase interest, drama, contrast, come in with a pure black, white or deeper shade of color to really pop things up in high relief. Try india ink.

Mediums – retarder will make paint work more like oils. Acrylic flow release will break apart the paint. Use GAC100 + water (50-50) to use atomizer.

Use a belt sander with 30-50 grit sandpaper to carve down into the history of your paint. Try a dremel tool.

Jeff Koons has 80 assistants!

Mia Pearlman - Maelstrom

Mia Pearlman
MAELSTROM
2008
Paper, India ink, aluminum, monofilament, wire
12′ Dia x 11′ H
Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

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  • Wonderful piece, Marilyn. That figurine is exquisitely done — love it. I find it very interesting hearing how you transitioned from traditional painting to abstract.
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