Saturday, August 23, 2008

Aaron Johnson presents new Reverse-Painted, Acrylic Polymer Peel Paintings - on the American flag

Aaron Johnson's reverse-painted process uses two main surfaces. One is the base, on which the acrylic polymer paint - distributed over the second surface - is later imposed. In his upcoming show, Star-Crossed, the base surface is no other than the American flag.

The work process starts by preparing the base surface. Aaron stretches the polyester-made American flag over a frame. Then, using a make-shift tool, basically a hammer fitted with long nails, Aaron perforates the surface of the flag, to allow the polymer from the second layer to later penetrate and immerse in the flag's surface.

Behind Aaron, in the middle of the image, you can see the "harlequin juggler". This painting, that currently exists on the back side of a stretched plastic sheet, will become the second layer - which will be later affixed to the base layer, the flag, in a pour of polymers.

In the next step, the "harlequin Juggler" layer is laid face down on the floor, and the polymer mix is poured on the painted plastic sheet.

The polymer is poured across the plastic. Aaron dips his hands into the polymer to assure even distribution of the polymer.

After the polymer-saturated flag has dried, the paint that resided on the plastic surface is now congealed to the flag, and it's time to cut away the excess plastic around the stretcher - leaving, for now, the plastic layer on the face of the flag.

When the polymer has completely dried, the plastic is ready to be peeled away from the painting, leaving all the acrylic polymer paint permanently on the flag.

Peeling the plastic layer off his piece: "Rushmore Hell Beast".

"Star-Crossed" opens Thursday September 4th at the Stux gallery in Chelsea, NY.

To see more of Aaron's work, check out his site.


Cecil said...

Go, Aaron!

Marcos said...

excellent work, arron! very inspiring... for those of you have haven't already done so, head over to STUX to see aaron's work up close.