Fiore set off small fireworks and smoke bombs on large sheets of paper, rolling them, pushing them, trapping them under different-sized containers and combing them into spiral designs with a rake contraption constructed from a broom handle. Her helpers also assembled separate sheets of lines and circles made by trapping smoke bombs under tin cans and pushing them across the paper. Fiore will take these pieces back to her studio in New York City to cut out and piece together with more burnings and circles of plain white paper to create her finished product.
Another tack is taken by photographer Martin Klimas, who places various colors of paint on speakers, cranks up the volume, and photographs the results of his “good vibrations” at a shutter speed of 1/7,000th of a second. The one at right was done to “Pharaoh’s Dance,” from the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew; the one below could be called “Paint Dance.” I'm also taken with his “shattered figurine” series—they look so graceful and so convincingly caught in the midst of action.
Have you ever used unusual approaches to painting?