These photos where taken from a 2018 “Grounds Workshop” presented to graduate students at Boston University. They archive an ongoing series of workshops and lectures breaking down three physical elements of paint: grounds, pigments and binders. Allowing access to an array of painting techniques through developing individual practices; they illuminate conversations around material as they relate to culture, economy and intention. By sharing this information, my hope is to promote such dialog amongst artists and all those thinking about art.
Binders include but are not limited to:
- K9 (High-binding acrylic)
- Plextol D498 (heavy body acrylic)
-Cellulose (plant-based fiber)
-PVA (polyvinyl alcohol)
Pigments may include:
- Titanium white (bright white)
- Kremer white (creamy white)
Popular chalks and fillers:
- Marble dust (bright white)
- Champagne chalk (beige)
- Bologna chalk (beige, transparent)
- Blanc fixe (added or opacity)
*In order to augment shore-bought gesso modify with these ingredients and keep in mind the 1 : 1 ratio.
"A ground is always a negotiation. Just because you make it yourself doesn’t mean you can make it do whatever you want.""
-differences of "to hold" versus to "behold"
"There’s always an element of chance."
"Embrace the characteristics of an ingredient’s own materiality."
-discussion of luxury items and permanence.
“I think of a ground as a trade of traits and behaviors between me and the materials.”
"A perfect ground is always going to come at a sacrifice."
“I’m ok with people knowing the temperament of my materials. I am not ok with a
*Grounds Workshop, Boston University, 2/12/18-2/13/18, Boston, MA.