Acrylic paint on canvas, acrylic paint on wood, graphite on paper
CDEX, “Etats des lieux #3”, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, from December 14 to 17, 2009
I became interested in the rgb color space, able to translate the infinity of digital color to a binary code. I arbitrarily picked three colors (pink, yellow, gray) in a web color chart. They became the starting point to a series of experimentations in the studio. I transcribed those codes in drawings, which I then folded and traced. Some of the drawings thus created were reproduced on paintings on which I added liquid paint poured in simple patterns (stripes or grids) that intertwined when the painting was tilted. With the leftover paint, I created other paintings in which unpredictable patterns and colors are related to the process used to pour the paint.
On this series of paintings, digits are painted in relief and impede the flow of liquid paint. Their location partly determines the overall composition, which is otherwise dictated by the randomness of flow. The color palette used evokes both digital images and optical art.
Publication: Côté, Mario et al., Du pain et des jeux, Éditions de l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l’UQAM, Montreal, 2009, 32 p.