Rings – circles – machines

GREG CREEK. Amendments. Water-colour on paper, balsa tray, each 180 x 140 x 3cm. Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. 2017

DAMIEN HIRST,
Beautiful Vibrations and Soundwaves Painting
2008

Creek states that his works are both optical beauty and a strong material presence — part objects, part process and part exercise in repetition.

Hirst explores the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter. The results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine. Hirst explains the simplicity of their appeal: “I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement. Every time they’re finished, I’m desperate to do another one.”

These two artists in these two works both tackle the idea of process art, using movement to gravitate paint to the surface — the made up of numerous concentric coloured rings, drips and variations. As the rings / spins gradually accrue and colour harmonies develop, time and change accumulate.

Creek is suggesting a political reference to the subtle alteration or decay of an ideal. Whereas, Hirst is purely enjoying the process of machine-made, described by the artist as “childish … in the positive sense of the word”.

The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement..

The term process art refers to where the process of its making art is not hidden but remains a prominent aspect of the completed work, so that a part or even the whole of its subject is the making of the work. (tate.org.uk)

reflection:

+ what methods and techniques that i can use to repeat a process that explore the variation and the fun of colours and unexpectedness?

+ how can i use the primary shape — circle, as a motif to articulate my subject?

http://www.damienhirst.com/beautiful-vibrations-and-sound

https://www.gregcreek.net/#/amendments/

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