The Smoothing

(Above) Detail 'The Smoothing (IV).

Introduction

'The Smoothing' is a series of canvases that take working with silicone into the territory of ‘painting’ as 'flat sculpture'.

Various traditional painting surfaces are prepared, with a second smaller canvas always selected for a pairing. Set up meticulously on a horizontal surface, once all is ready, the second canvas used as a ‘tool’ to press down into,  along and off the bottom edge of the first.

The already smooth extruded silicone is thus made smoother.

Once cured over several weeks, both the main and second canvas are usually wall mounted, paired either above and below, or to the side.

The title ‘The Smoothing’ refers to the physical (soft) drama of the process played out, whilst also carrying references or counter references to the cult psychological horror film ‘The Shining’.

The Smoothing (I)

Conservation grade silicone, canvas on mdf on aluminium, acrylic varnish. 2022

30cm w x 7cm d x 70cm h when paired one above the other.

Initialled with 'e.g.'

The Smoothing (II)

Conservation grade silicone, conjoined linen canvases, acrylic varnish. 2022

30cm w x 7cm d x 50cm h

 

 

 

The Smoothing (III)

Premium grade silicone, acrylic painted cotton canvases,  2022

50cm w x 8cm d x 40cm h

 

 

The Smoothing (IV)

Conservation grade silicone, paired acrylic painted cotton canvases, acrylic varnish, custom painted tray frames, 2022

50cm w x 5cm d x 40cm h overall

Initialled with 'e.g.'

 

This work was included in the recent group show 'Wish You Were Here' and is currently showing with and available through Helm Gallery as part of their show 'Made You Look'.

 

The Smoothing (V)

Premium grade silicone, paired acrylic painted cotton canvases, acrylic/uv varnish, 2023

25cm w  x 30cm h x 5cm d each

Initialled with 'e.g.'

 

 

 

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