I paint with a Sledgehammer!
The Sledgehammer Clown Series
When I discovered the mark a Sledgehammer can make with paint only a few short months ago I was truly awe inspired by such a violent event on canvas; I grabbed a graffiti marker and drew an image to support the mark, a visual joke... The first Clown was born.
The mark from the hammer is the first stroke on the canvas in my `Sledgehammer Clown Series`. I Instinctually know the colors of paint to mix; it feels like hitting the jackpot when I slam the hammer down and punch a mark right where it needs to go, the first touch brings life to the painting and the result is what makes the flowers awesome.
The weight of the hammer striking down creates an explosion of force which causes the paint to race outward and perform unpredictable maneuvers twisting in mid-air and skimming the surface of the canvas like skipping pebbles on a pond. The intensity often causes a hole which I have learned to live with, leaving a hole that pierces through leaves room to apply a paint-soaked patch to the back of the work adding color to the ruptured canvas which dries; highlighting the aftermath of the event in much greater dimension.
I often wake up the friend who is staying on my couch with a loud bang in the wee hours of the morning; both of us are brought into a state of zen by the completion of a painting. I take off my goggles and get a first look, she rubs her eyes to take a look as well….”cool!” is the usual first word one of us can utter, followed by “really though?” as we both examine the aftermath of color and form left on canvas as I imagine all of the possibilities for the future.
Chris Crewe – 2019
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