Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paint Samples

I am currently in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is a bridge near the Art Department building where students paint murals advertising events (the "Beta" Bridge). This has been going on since at least the 60's, and over the years these millimeter thick layers of paint have added up to over an inch of paint over the whole bridge. I was curious what a cross section sample would reveal, and above are the results. Pretty amazing and beautiful. This is from a relatively thin section, but you can see the amazing variations created by years and years of information layering. I'm not sure what to do with these objects, but stay tuned.
And, speaking of information layers, the UVA Library system is an incredible resource.
Current Topics of Research:

Technical Ceramic Material and Chemistry
Space Architecture
"Primitive"/ Vernacular Architecture
Swimming Pool History/ Construction/ Conceptual Ramifications
Historic Porcelain (Wedgwood)
Airplane and Ship Design
Gene Wolfe/ Book of the New Sun Scholarship

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