David Thauberger - Adding Physical Elements to His Painting

I have found that working in clay, working in painting and working with prints (printmaking) are all three very connected in terms of …they are very physical and very tactile. Or at least the way that I approach them is very tactile, you know making and etching, working with the etching plates and so forth. It is a very hands-on kind of activity. Working with clay of course is really really hands-on and really physical, you know. You have to wedge the clay, you have to build the structures and so forth. And then painting the way I approach it is also very tactile where areas are masked out, and paint is sort of slathered on thickly, or I drag a comb through it, or I flick it on with a toothbrush, and all of those kinds of things that give a great deal of texture and physicality to the surface of the picture so that it’s really a temptation always to run my hands or run my fingers over the surface of the paintings. That’s really what I like to do when I finish them. And even thinking further about that, we’re talking about…some specifically at one point I thought about how could I get these paintings to be even more physical, even more tactile. And I started to think about how to include things and how to glue things. I, for example, used window screen, you know in windows. So when I want to simulate how to make a window with a screen door, or make a screen door, what I discovered is I could actually just glue some window screen directly onto the canvas. Or some time ago, a number of years ago in one of the paintings that you are talking about specifically, I was thinking about how to make weather right…so weather is always a good excuse for making a painting. So I had come to the conclusion that what I would like to try and do do is try to make rain physically on the painting. So I came up with the idea that if I sort of glued nails in a directional kind of way onto the surface of the painting, it would simulate rain falling. And I made a number of paintings where I just literally glued nails onto the surface of the painting to simulate rain. I also on one occasion made a painting where I wanted to simulate hail. I had these little lead pellets right, so I went through the whole thing of painting them white and getting them very nice and then I glued them all over the surface of the painting. Well it ends up that the painting looks like it’s got a bad case of pimples, but I like the effect anyways… it worked out really neat. So I’ve done that…any ways to sort of make things more tactile, more physical.

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