Abstract painting - Rave party

Title: Rave party
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 20 x 27 cm
Painted: 2009

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The story behind

Rave party

When he was younger, Bert would attend rave parties and dance all night. He loved the music, the lights, the people and the whole vibe of the event.

This painting of a rave party is an attempt to communicate the ambiance of a wild, hedonistic rave party full of young men and women, high as a kite on drugs, dancing in unison to a throbbing electro-beat. It doesn’t attempt to show abstracted people at a rave party but shows both the sounds and visuals of an individual who is dancing away, with his eyes closed. Someone who is loaded full of mind-altering drugs as they experience this rave party.

The multi-colored lights flicker. The strobing lights are matched with the tempo of the ground-shaking bass beat of the complex electronic music. Some people are isolated, dancing contentedly by themselves. Others dance in tightly packed groups, full of sexual lust. The musical sound that unites everybody at the rave party is a repeated, hypnotic pulse which starts in one corner of the brain and rapidly passes to the other corner.

The experience is quite a religious one for this person. It is an expression of themselves — a feeling of movement, a feeling of joy, a belief that they are alive and at one with the cosmos.

Why

Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.

How

  • Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
  • Flicking paint from a loaded brush
  • Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
  • Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
  • Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
  • Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
  • Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
  • Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
  • Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
  • Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
  • Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
  • Removing and smudging paint with a rag
  • Using a can of spray paint

Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.

Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.

From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.

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