Supernova on White | Acrylic and Latex House Paint on Canvas | 30'' x 36'' | Chris Crewe | 2019

 

The weight of the hammer striking down creates an explosion of force which causes the paint to race outward and perform unpredictable maneuvers twisting in mid-air and skimming the surface of the canvas like skipping pebbles on a pond.  The intensity often causes a hole which I have learned to live with, leaving a hole that pierces through the work and causes a dent in the wooden floor below, this leaves room to apply a paint-soaked patch to the back of the work. The paint soaked patch adds some oozing color to the ruptured canvas; highlighting the aftermath in a greater dimension.

I raise the Sledgehammer over my head and strike down on each canvas…. BANG!  The result is a multi-colored explosion which often pierces a hole through the work, causing a dent in the wooden floor below.  Colors race and reach outward from the center, violent splashes of paint spread and twist across each composition bouncing and crashing across the surface, creating a bigger splash; a small miracle captured in time.
This painting series is one to remember.                               

Chris Crewe | 2019



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