Controtendenza
19 Oct 21 by justatest
Increasingly squeezed by my diminishing workspace, I didn´t want to stop making the impractically large sized works that usually interest me. I thought I might make a piece that would take up little floor space but could exploit the available height in that dark grim studio.

second support in progress

I actually began a second support but in the end had to call a halt as there was not enough room to properly work. One day I hope to have a decent sized studio where I can finish this project.

applying beercans to support

weather protection

The usual gesso´d jute surface was applied to the support piece but I got to thinking that I´d possibly end up having to store it outside and therefore needed extra protection against the weather. A thin aluminium shell might help there, although it would mean I´d have to buy lots of beer cans to cut up, and that´s thirsty work.
Here I´m testing applying the first can.

Paper Over

solid look for wire support

with added support

Unfortunately with the weight of all the layers of paper, gesso, jute and paint, it began to warp and topple over. I was forced to build a support piece to keep it upright.

start to paint

taking advantage to view while the car parking is empty

After applying a couple of coats of gesso.

jute layer

paper foundation layer

wire structure

starting out

Controtendenza

doodle idea

To occupy a small footprint yet still utilize upper headspace, I was thinking of an open stack, accordion-like object (as in the sketch) but without the accordion´s flexibility.
The thought of it collapsing on itself did occur to me, and I carried on regardless.