There is something beautiful in simply seeing colour move – the following videos are closeups of abstract art being made on gigantic canvases. If you are interested in colour, the making is beautiful, seeing colours move, layer, react. And a reminder that art includes the element of play, fun and discovery. Where will your adventure with colour take you today?
When a muted palette is spread over huge flat surfaces of canvas, to form giant walls of series of paintings, the effect is somewhat like another world. Painter Jessica Zoob is here making and looking at the remarkable size of her art.
If you normally create in small-scale, try bigging it up. If you write a short story, try the “On the Road” style of Jack Kerouac – who apparently sellotaped huge amounts of paper together and then just began typing and kept on. A computer screen is similarly unchallenged in length – you can type a sprawling remembered saga of adventures, keeping going as long as you can. Then leave it for a day before reading it back and tweaking.
On the other hand, if you usually work big, try writing small. If you usually write a full-length film script, write just one scene. Or if you paint full-height canvases, make something very very small.
Afterwards, reflect on what you learned from the experience.
Saloua Raouda Choucair was in Paris in the 1940s at Ferdinand Legier’s studio.
She has made vibrant pictures and sculptures made up of many small pieces which fit together.
Composition in Blue Module 1947- 51
Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock shown in Guardian review.
Despite the second World War, despite living and working in Beirut during exploding car bombs (there is broken glass embedded in one of her canvases), she continued to work until her 90s. At that point, in 2013, the Tate Modern in London put on a small exhibition of her work – and made a short video of the preparation. In the still below, the artist’s daughter is speaking on behalf of her mother, who at that point had Alzeheimer’s. On the left is a characteristic interlocking sculpture.
The brief video gives a wonderful view of a wide variety of the sculptor’s works. A visual treat.
Gillian paints glorious, large, confident abstract canvases full of glowing colour – because she wants “intensity” rather than tone.
In person, she appears rather the opposite – very quiet, unconfident about her skill, very down to earth, prosaic. She is irritated by people’s determined search for meaning in her art – it is simply a visual experience – she wants them to simply look. Probably the person least likely to ever issue an artistic manifesto.