Primary Array # 41,  acrylic on canvas, 2010, 48 x 48in | 121 x 121cm

Primary Array # 41, acrylic on canvas, 2010, 48 x 48in | 121 x 121cm

Primary Array

The patterns are created from Ulam's Rose, a mathematical formula based on prime numbers. A number array is spiraled out from the center of the grid; prime numbers are then highlighted and color-coded based on a preselected 9-color system.

In these paintings I am exploring the idea of brushless painting using my paint drip method. This involves applying paint to the surface of the canvas and allowing it to form natural convex circles. Gravitational force causes the paint to form these circles in a very uniform manner. This process reveals the relationship between the interaction of the paint’s own properties and my manipulation of the paint.

Overall, these paintings aim to confront and combine the systemic nature of the grid and geometric abstraction with the emotional dynamics of repetition and expressionistic painting, to reconcile the duality of thinking and feeling.