“From Safety To Where…?”

From Safety To Where…? is a painting that I made in the winter of 2011. I was interested in revisiting perspective as a compositional concern in a similar way that I had done for Journey Into the Realm of Reason. If is 24″x84″ and is gouache and acrylic latex on canvas stretched over a wooden panel. I had first explored the use of gouache and acrylic latex on an earlier painting and decided to use this technique again. I started by rolling on off-white acrylic latex, which is the same white that I like to use for my Future Living Project’s projects. I then gridded out my composition symmetrically according to a pre-determined exponential mathematical spacing formula. Starting from the center, each vertical line is 1.5″ inches the distance from the last. Starting from the middle, each horizontal line is 1.5″ inches the distance from the last and extends to the horizontal axis of the next distance, resulting in outwardly angled lines. I used black gouache to fill in the lines that were a quarter of an inch in diameter and when I was finished, blurred the edges between the black lines and the white background to create a slight hazy effect when looked at closely.

From Safety To Where…? gets its name from a Joy Division song.

Here are the lyrics for the song.

No I don’t know just why.
No I don’t know just why.
Which way to turn,
I’ve got this ticket to use.

Through childlike ways rebellion and crime,
To reach this point and retreat back again.
The broken hearts,
All the wheels that have turned,
The memories scarred and the vision is blurred.

No I don’t know just why,
Don’t know which way to turn,
The best possible use.
Just passing through, ’till we reach the next stage.
But just to where, well it’s all been arranged.
Just passing through but the break must be made.
Should we move on or stay safely away?

Through childlike ways rebellion and crime,
To reach this point and retreat back again.
The broken hearts,
All the wheels that have turned,
The memories scarred and the vision is blurred.

Just passing through, ’till we reach the next stage.
But just to where, well it’s all been arranged.
Just passing through but the break must be made.
Should we move on or stay safely away?

From Safety To Where...? by Brian Higbee and Future Living Projects

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