My time as a printer at VGKids probably came into play on this piece. I built up the green mother-board background pattern through layers of ink and acrylic washes before stenciling the labyrinth of reflective silver figures. I knew the result would depend on several interlocking process, and documented the different stages of development. Loosely based on the pages of the kama sutra, these robots find a variety of ways to express their physical affections.
10 inch square, 1.75″ deep
acrylic, ink, and spray paint on reclaimed hand-made wood box frame with a protective gloss varnish.
The box-framed surface and underpainting had probably sat in the studio for about a year before finding it’s way back to the easel; as the annual “robot-love” exhibit at good: a gallery was around the corner. I began skething robots as blocky iconic couples, as a skyline, as lovers, composing different positions in illustrator and organizing them into the square.
When I got to a composition I liked, I printed out two copies the size of the physical surface. One print was cut for the silver of the robot bodies and registered to the painting.
Using a light coat of contact adhesive on the back of the stencil, I laid down silver spraypaint.
On the second print I drew out the line work in a way that made the robots positions readable, trapped the silver border, and kept the stencil intact.