This painting was the fourth in an abstract series I did in 2011. Here the strong color contrasts are offset by the dark burn patterns in the cardboard, which I achieved using high-voltage electricity (This is a natural phenomenon where fractal patterns, “Lichtenberg Figures”, are created).
This painting is roughly four inches deep, and is comprised of three separate pieces fused together with contact cement. The texture of the top layer, blue with other details, was created with an applied salt-water solution. The pattern of the cubist guitar abstraction is burnt into this layer, revealing the purple fret region.
The bottom layer, which was made to resemble a wood veneer, is a series of fine gouache lines coated with polyurethane.