Liquetex spray vs Street spray

Have painted six aerosol works on canvas. There are three distinct styles or directions. The first is using the ironlak produced ‘sugar’ which is a non VOC (volatile organic compounds) aerosol. These two works were bright and more in the vein of my laser show aesthetic that I tend to use on walls. The other two were a combination of ‘sugar’ and ‘liquetex’ spray but in a more expressionistic style. They were pretty ugly really and larger than the others. The other two were also the same combination of aerosols but were aesthetically finished and small.

I plan to push ahead with the smaller works because they seem more promising though I don’t know if most people would get them. The bright ‘sugar’ laser style line works seem to be the most generally appealing but wouldn’t work in the kind of environments I would imagine them going in. Though I would gladly use them as a kind of filler to be combined with sound works.My pet hate is finishing things with the same solutions even if the result is different and I did resort to that on the smaller works only because they looked good with the same finish. I will probably just do a series with a similar solution just to keep a thread going.

Believe me I don’t really like doing that but sometimes the obvious choice is the best direction to take. Onto another subject though and this is the critical point that is why I am doing all of this is the finish of the ‘liquetex’ spray which I feel is really professional in the way artists finishes should be. In 98 ZapGalaxy got me into using liquetex acrylics and they really are the best acrylics I have worked with. I can’t say their spray cans are the best but they are the most professional I have used. In what way? Well it is all in the finish. Forget about application because really liquetex is designed to be compatible with all of their mediums and acrylics so application is really however whenever.

Liquetex would be hopeless on the streets and they are not designed for that. In a lot of ways they afford practical application techniques for canvas or board say for a quick uniform background. They will crack, they will have a lot of build but you can work over them, you can build light or heavy. So there are a lot of differences between liquetex and street grade spray. The real clincher is the finish. For studio based artists usually they will wait for things to dry, they will come back to areas etcetera. Liquetex can be built up and they can take some time to fully dry depending on build levels. Even if they crack, run and do all sorts of non street spray stuff for the studio artist this can create an opportunity.

I personally want my street cans to have low build and cover, dry fast and be clean when I want and dirty when I want. Liquetex presents an opportunity to have a professional art finish in a spray can. I still combine it with other cans but liquetex is artist grade spray. It wouldn’t improve your stencil work or street work in any way. Street spray is far more practical and it lives on in a photo. A canvas though is meant to be the record itself. I can see myself taking a bit more of a journey with this but it is about an art finish and is a different direction.


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