ART IS THE MACHINE (series)
This series is the result of a philosophical investigation in which I explored the idea that one can go around to the other side of the work and see it as though in a mirror when painting on transparent substrate. This gave me an understanding of the idea of the dialectical consciousness and consequently an interest in the philosophy of becoming. see a video here: https://myvanwygibson.com/whoistheartist
Following on from this research I worked with the more than 40 works on plexiglass exploring the idea that an intuitive, subconscious practice opens the way for new concepts. Numbers were allocated to the works chronologically (in the order that each work came to be). These individual works created new works when placed together. For example No 282729 was created from three panels of plexiglass (numbers 28, 27 and 29) superimposed over each other.
ART IS THE MACHINE No. 282729 pigments, enamel, canvas, acrylic glass panels x 3. 1650mm x 1000mm
ART IS THE MACHINE No. 181712 pigments, enamel, canvas, acrylic glass panels x 3. 1000mm x 500mm
ART IS THE MACHINE No. 1 oil, acrylic glass (1 panel) 500mm x 500mm
Flyenergia Prize Painting Section. Exhibition of finalists for Flyenergia Prize. Milan, 2013