CMYK - Phase 1

CMYK – Phase 1 (2011)

CMYK – Phase 1

Acrylic paint and screen printing ink on Baltic birch plywood

Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Montreal, from December 2, 2011 to January 8, 2012
Parisian Laundry, “Collision 8”, Montreal, from March 2 to 17, 2012

I restricted my palette to the four colors of print: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (known as the acronym CMYK). Paintings are made following a fairly straightforward process: liquid paint is poured drop by drop according to a controlled dripping method. As the paint is being poured, I observe the physical and optical mix of pure colors. For the Tondos CMY en déplacement series, the size of the support varies, but the painted concentric pattern keeps the same diameter. This creates an impression of cropping, which leads to an illusion of volume on some paintings. The Ellipses series shows nine possible variations of CMYK colors. Taken together, those paintings appear as if cut from a virtual pictorial space that would stretch beyond their limit. The two series are hung by aligning the centers of the painted patterns.

Thanks to: Fonds de recherche société et culture du Québec.

Artwork photos: Richard-Max Tremblay. Exhibition views: Julie Trudel.