Graeme Smith con Supplementary Guide 3B TRANSPARENT PAINT: An Art Career
All art uses visual material of some kindOTHER arts use other kinds of materials (sounds, bodily movements, etc.).The materials are the limiting factor of artistic activity.This applies to all artists for it is not possible to do what the materials cannot do.In addition that visual material is changed in some way.The changes happen when the artists use their creativity.Creativity happens with the other art forms too.It’s something they all share. BUT with different material characteristics in each case.Change processes are different ways the material can be manipulated.The re-arrangement of the material in some way is how art takes place.Without any change of material there is no art at all.Any action (even by machines) which changes a material is a change process.The sequence and nature of the behaviour (or action) will indicate the change process used.Transparent materials could include any of the following:Liquid:Materials which are neither solid nor gaseous.Liquids can be poured and any form is taken from the container.Because of the effect of gravity liquids are formless (paint, water, oil, milk, paste, ink, tea).Powder:Material which is solid matter in dry fins particles.Powders have micro-form and include granular substances.Often they can be mixed or used as additives with liquids (flour, dirt, ash, sawdust, rice, seed).LightMaterial which is bright and non-concrete.Light’s form is in rays.Rays can be mixed and will effect other materials (projections, globes, fire, sunlight).Transparent Paint processes could include any of the following:Addition:Increases the quantity of material or joins smaller components to form a larger whole.This increasing or joining will make the original material bigger or more complex (a painting).There are infinite possibilities.Subtraction: An act that removes or takes away.This process reduces quantity and makes the original material smaller (carving).If continued sufficiently there will be nothing left except waste.Subtraction is often a component of an act which is additive.Change process variations:Multiplication: An addition process where the factor added in each case is identical.It is therefore an act of adding something to itself a number of times (building with toothpicks).There are infinite possibilities if continued.Division:A subtraction process where the same item is subtracted repeatedly.This could include splitting, separating, sharing and classifying (spirograph).Makes a great test for creativity.If continued sufficiently there will be nothing left.Brain-storming: An addition process where many ideas are developed in a short time.No idea is rejected (all collected).Combination and improvement of all ideas is encouraged.Evaluation is delayed (just record ideas).Re-cycling: Can be addition or subtraction.Previously discarded material or ideas given a new form or role (use old paintings for collage.).Hitch-hiking: An addition process where someone else’s idea is developed.Hitch-hiking could be in conjunction with brain-storming or re-cycling (someone else’s painting).Other processes:Analogy, similes, paradoxes, metaphors, deferring judgment, attribute listing, re-definition, arranging, cutting, outlining, overlapping, pasting, scratch, assembly, comb, pat, pencil, roll, squeeze, and stamp are variants of the change processes referred to above.