A large mass of lively colour buzzing around like insects, stimulating each other to an even more heightened mood of excitement - all captured in the blink of the eye. Swarm #1 forever pushes your eye to move never allowing you time to rest and consider more carefully, what you think or feel. The colours sing and shout, mumble and scream at you, from the highly textured canvas - created using plaster and ink and very much an ’Expressionist Surface’.
Swarm #1 is another remarkable piece of art providing you with a stimulating talking piece for your home - and a solid addition to your collection; alongside allowing infinite time to study the artist’s process of making and thinking.
Depictions of dream like imagery and manifestations of the imagination that create art that goes beyond the ordinary - that sometimes provokes understanding and sometimes bewilderment. A story telling that can be as puzzling as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey - or as sympathetic as David Bowie's A space Oddity - the art and themes takes us to alternative possibilities. Bingham is constantly searching for new mediums to innovate his ideas of visual expression - whilst developing themes he enjoys.
In doing so, he moves as far away as possible from previous conventions of art-making - yet retains the basic principal of art being hung on a wall. The need for newness and his unwillingness to reprise the techniques of the past pushes him to constantly question and reinvent the process by which he works.
We know the art has been made out of plaster, yet, the plaster has not been sculptured, cast, rolled or applied by knife - and so you look closer and wonder more deeply about the technique. The tools used are simply a pipette, finger and thumb and palette knife - acrylic ink, either pure or diluted, provide the colour that the plaster absorbs. Apply the pigment sprinkle the plaster - allow for drying - then scrape, seal and repeat the process over and over until the desired effect is reached.
Swarm No.1 & 2 offers the viewer a deeper insight into the process of making the art. Both were undertaken as prototypes for a series that, to-date, have not materialized - yet, provides a firm grounding in the technique.
Moulding plaster, acrylic ink and paint