Linda Besemer‘s works are made entirely out of acrylic paint which drys to a rubber plastic. She doesn’t use any base beneath the paint so that they are frequently displayed draped like cloth or hung from poles. Her work explores the physicality of painting in that respect but my interest is in her use of colour and optical illusion. The colours of Acrylic paint tend to be bright, primary and neon. They lack the earthy appearance of oils or the subtleties of watercolours and gouache. Acrylics are cheap and cheerful. And like most cheap and cheerful things they can be seen as inferior. But Besemer uses them in thick slabs of pure colour, in optical illusive shapes and displays them as floppy folds of plastic.

 

 

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