Pure experimentation - and an artist pushing the materials to understand what might be possible. Whilst the art might be displayed in portrait, all the works in the series (four in total), work perfectly well in landscape. Like much of the work produced at this time, the work has an expressive surface, although a very industrial type texture due to the use of adhesives.
ColourStorm, like so many from this early period, deserve closer attention in order to fully appreciate the art produced.
Expressionist ADHESIVE ART
When everything seems to have been done, how do you create newness that the artist believes in, and has an obsession to keep going when all the signs are not favourable. Art made from adhesives is not something you view every day, in fact when researching who may have used the material, there was nothing to be found that was comparable? It seems the material has not been favoured by others, and maybe for good reason. Except, and for reasons we don’t know, Bingham had the motivation and curiosity to try something new and explore the possibilities. The result could be said to be process-driven, and in the main that argument must be true, however, what is shown
is originality in manipulating the material into an art form that has an acceptable level of quality? An artist must play and experiment in order to discover newness - or risk being locked into a narrow framework of creating.
ColourStorm (No.1, 2, 3 & 4) were the first, and the use of a mass
of bold colour, intersected with areas were the adhesive has cracked like a dried -up river bed, under which more colours are revealed from a layer of colour underneath. On top more colours and translucent effects are found, these break-up the mass and provide a welcome disruption to the overwhelming storm of colour. The artworks are not restrained or subtle, but full-on pure experimentation - and an artist pushing the materials to understand what might be possible. Whilst the art might be displayed in portrait, all the works in the series work perfectly well in landscape, and like, the vast majority of the work produced, the art has an expressive surface, although a very industrial type texture due to the use of adhesives.
An observation by Jackson Read, 2015
Household adhesives, acrylic paint on board covered in commercial cloth