Friday, July 12, 2013

Exploring Art through Experimental Paintings

 By Abe V Rotor

When two immiscible mediums - oil and water-based acrylic - are mixed and sandwiched by two glass panes, the two opposing mediums create unexpected impressions of varied colors, shapes, hues and shades trapped in a network of venation. This method is extremely difficult in exactly executing a planned design or subject. 

Surprisingly however, with constant practice and experimentation you can create amazing serendipitous designs and images such as these specimens. The biologist in me seemed to have dominated my new art, spontaneously expressing my thoughts about the subject, including the interpretation of each painting.

Specimen 1 - Fan-type, typical of leaf venation, fungal mycellia
and patterns of antibiosis in a culture medium.
Specimen 2 - Colony-type, typical of swarms of plankton organisms,
germinating spores, and decomposition of tissues.
Specimen 3 - Dichotomous-type, typical of branching of
plants, seaweeds, growing buds, and growth habit of
protists and invertebrate organisms. 
Specimen 4 - Bilateral symmetry, typical of dividing cells,
growth pattern of seaweeds, mosses and ferns.
Specimen 5 - Multiple dichotomy, typical of cancerous 
growth, patterns of decomposition by bacteria and fungi.

This experimental painting technique and the results that it has created and continue to create, support the argument of a professor in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines who said, "Everyone is entitled to his theory of the arts. No theory is wrong."

Oh art! Take me to another place unfamiliar
like Gauguin's niche in the Pacific;
where the forests and rivers and seas can talk, 
where I can clearly hear God speak. 

Oh art! If to learn another style, another techique,
Gladly I take the road less trodden by;
Though dim and thorns and rocks may bar my way,
Let me with my art freely live and die. ~

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