Ian Whittlesea White Cloud Forming

Ian Whittlesea White Cloud Forming



Ian Whittlesea White Cloud Forming

Ian Whittlesea White Cloud Forming
















Ian Whittlesea's White Cloud Forming paintings are a series of works on paper and aluminium that relate to his books On Colour... and Becoming Invisible. The books draw on the literature of Mazdaznan, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and esoteric yoga and describe how, by means of visualization and breathing exercises, the reader can combine the seven colours of the spectrum to create a glowing white cloud that renders anything contained within it invisible.

The White Cloud Forming paintings are, in part, an attempt to manifest this cloud of invisibility. Made using only sprayed pigment, without brushes or any physical contact with the paper or support, they are simultaneously a representation of another's mystical state and entirely abstract records of the process of their own making. They have an ethereal presence that speaks of both their esoteric subject matter and their means of production. The veils of spectral colour, and the airborne and air-propelled method of application, parallel Whittlesea's ongoing work with breath and breath control.

Resembling the cloud studies of Constable and Turner the paintings draw on a complex group of antecedents, including Lawrence Weiner's early spray painted works, John Latham's One Second Drawings, colour field painting of the 1950s, Robert Irwin's luminous disc paintings of the 1960s and representations of the ineffable made by spiritualists and occultists.

In their reference to the void the paintings bring to mind Whittlesea's earlier work on Yves Klein, while their use of a limited, predetermined, colour palette and system of making recalls the work of Sol LeWitt, and in particular his dictums that 1. Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach. and 5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

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