An Early “Absolute” Hybrid Painting

Recapturing “Absolutus: a priori”

by Daric Gill

"Absolutus: a priori": mixed medium and pencil on paper. 12" x 20". 10.22.12.
“Absolutus: a priori”: mixed medium and pencil on paper. 12″ x 20″. 10.22.12.

Today I re-documented one of the most unique pieces in the Absolute collection. This artwork is quite a departure from the rest of the line. While most pieces in this series are oil paintings on wood, this piece is a painting/drawing hybrid on paper. The under-painting consists of a mixture of gouache (similar to an opaque watercolor) and acrylic paint. Above that is a few layers of graphite pencil to add depth.

The drawing displays paper specimens much in the way an entomologist would display real insects for cataloguing purposes.

Absolutus: a priori, translates from latin as Absolute: from former. This phrase is taken straight from a branch of philosophy that deals with the acquisition of knowledge.

Read further to see the whole process.

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Dirt sifterIt seems that most viewers are intrigued by the display of the painting in such a unique frame. The 2-part wood box was either a rock-sifting screen or a paper-making mesh in a former life. Found buried in a heap of discarded construction equipment, the wood frame, copper screen, and 24 brass screws were masked almost entirely by years of grime. In fact, it wasn’t until I cleaned the whole thing up that I even realized that it was made with precious metals. The screen was taken out and replaced with 2 panes of glass which sandwich the drawing inside.


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