A Jock McDonald Remix Project by Pete Smith.

This blog is a running journal that was made in conjunction with my artist residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada that took place between December 2014 and February of 2015.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Automatics (for the people)

So I reworked the white (what were going to be) text paintings yesterday. I decided on trying to make "automatic paintings" as an homage to JMD, and the process of his late work. If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that I'm very skeptical of the idea. I tried to think less, run with a stronger sort of immediacy, let my body do more of the work, and to trust my instincts. I am, however, keenly aware that those 'instincts' are highly refined through twenty years of practice and mediated by 39 years of looking. So if I was drawing from my "subconscious", I know that interior is not virginal terrain. But whatever. It was fun, and MORE IMPORTANTLY: they look like real paintings finally. (Er, I think. For now, at least.) They're still super hard to photograph because they're playing with warm and cool within tones of white. The top layers are warmer and painted with oil paint. The under layers are cool and painted with acrylic.

Don't Think (it can only hurt the ball club) 1

Oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2015

Don't Think (it can only hurt the ball club) 2

Oil and acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2015

Don't Think (it can only hurt the ball club) 3

Oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas

60 x 48 inches

60 x 48 inches

2015

Don't Think (it can only hurt the ball club) 4

Oil and acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2015

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