Fabian Oefner is an artist who likes to try different things. Last year we were wowed by his Millefiori project wherein he added watercolours to the magnetic solution ferrofluid with eye-poppingly gorgeous results. When Fabian got in touch with his latest series Black Hole we were obviously excited, and it didn’t disappoint. The idea behind his new work is simple enough – various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metal rod which is then connected to a drill. When the drill is turned on, Fabian used a sensor to capture the effects just milliseconds after the rod began to rotate.
The results are superb, with the paint whipped into beautiful circular patterns by the centripetal force and a perfect circle of darkness – the eponymous Black Hole – left in the centre. Fabian was inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, but says: “Contrary to Pollock`s masterpieces, which show the result of his painting process, in the “Black Hole” series, the focus is put on the action itself: the moment, where the paint is in motion. The action painting is turned into a paint action, the process itself becomes a piece of art.”
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