Monday, July 20, 2009
Thinking Aloud – And Big
Apart from taking an hour out yesterday to respond to Hugh Macleod's questions, I've done little else except sit at my desk and draw. I've been laboring over the details of a study drawing for another Dangerous Career Babe. I want to have it finished by tomorrow morning so that the line-work can be completed on the gessoed timber frame now waiting in the studio and the main areas of colour applied. This is the very last of the commissioned Babes. Another nine are for my own inventory and although I might eventually display them on my website, none will be exhibited or offered for sale – at least not any time soon.As mentioned elsewhere, the 24 enamel on board paintings were originally conceived as one work to be experienced as an installation in a large-scale interior space. I worked out today that, when finished, the group will cover around 21,000 square feet of wall space. However, with individual paintings now distributed around the world, that's unlikely to happen. Instead, I am exploring the possibility of creating enormous one-off billboard versions of each and displaying them in different locations around a major city – Los Angeles would be perfect, as would Tokyo. Can you imagine the subversive effect of The Terrorist (above), at night, bathed in halogen, right above Sunset Plaza or the intersection outside Shibuya station? Of course, in order to pull off something so extravagant, I need money. Lots of it. A couple of multinational corporations have expressed their curiosity about the idea but I might try to fund it privately so I'm not be beholden to some brand or product strategy. I'm nothing if not stubbornly ambitious.