This painting is of daybreak, sometime in the distant future. One of the main thematic threads in my work is the realm of science fiction. It is depicted here as it might be as a book cover for a sci-fi novel. When I was young reader the covers of science fiction novels were often launchpads for dreaming and my creative inner life.
Many of the painting "marks" or "strokes" (Including the large black stroke in the lower right corner) of "Dusk" are made with a ten inch wide brush. I like the contrast between these marks and the tiny
No.1 liner brush marks that you can find in the painting as well.
15x12 Painting on plexiglass
This is the first time I have replaced the reflective coating on the back of the mirrored plexiglass with the green color on the right side of the image. You see the color through the plexi which softens the color. This combined well with the muted landscape painting and the ghost of the printing of the CPU diagram.
Andrew Roberts-Gray’s second solo exhibition at Michael Warren Contemporary uses the computer processor as a metaphor for a new group of paintings. Roberts-Gray begins the works by sand-blasting and polishing a pattern into the surface of a mirrored plexiglass panel. Images of a 1981 Intel processor diagram and the Hindu god Ganesh are screenprinted on the panel. A landscape is painted in black liquid acrylic with a historical reference. The process of sand-blasting, printing, and painting is repeated until each work comes into focus. This procedure resembles the method by which silicon is polished, masked, and doped to prepare it for transformation.
The results are paintings with shimmering surfaces, historical references, and the dynamic interplay of process and image.
In this practice the spontaneous gesture is valued as highly as painstaking craftsmanship.
As the works evolve each piece gains an identity which informs how the work is resolved.
The silicon ingot is cut into super thin 12 inch round wafers. This is the material that is crafted into the Processor in computers. This process is known as the most complicated and exacting manufacturing process in the world. I have started working on a series of round disks. They are printed, doped, etched, dipped, and layered with marks.
Ganesh is the ghost in the machine. He is the gatekeeper. Each physical gate created in the material of the processor is his realm. I screenprint Ganesha's image on the paintings and then sandblast them off leaving his ghost. He is there and not there.
After painting the plexi paintings or the paper pieces I often use the sandblasting process to remove areas that have been painted. This act leaves a ghost of the painting gestures, or the screenprinting. I feel that this erasing and ghosting reinforces the feeling in the works of the passage of time,......
The dripbox is a tool I use to transform surfaces I am working on. I place works on paper and plexiglass panels in the box and throw, drip, splatter and spray paint on them. It is useful when I am feeling too much in control and the work is too predictable.
The second most plentiful element in the Earth's crust is silicon.
Silicon is a semi conductor. After I sandblast and grain the mirrored plexiglass it is semi reflective.
Screen printing an image of a 1981 Intel Processor diagram
I screen print an image of a processor diagram on the plexiglass paintings with acrylic ink. It provides a record of the actual history of the development of the processor to exist in each work. This contributes to the sense that the pieces can be seen as a type of history painting.
The processor series of mirrored plexiglass paintings features landscapes painted in black liquid acrylic. The compositions are based primarily on the works of number of Chinese painters who worked circa 1000 AD. Including the compositions of Fan Kuan, Li Cheng, and Guo Xi.
One of the strategies of "Processor" is to extract steps in the computer Processor manufacturing
System and employ them in my art making process. One of The first steps in preparing the silicon wafer is to cut the ingot of pure silicon into 12" disks. Then they polish the silicon surface to a flawless mirror smooth finish. Preparing the wafer for a liquid solution. In a similar approach In grain the plexiglass by sandblasting it to prepare it for painting.