Eric Zammitt | Breaking Beautiful
Published: Sep 23, 2014
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Produced by AC Projects.
Running time: 24:41
ERIC ZAMMITT : What you’ll see in this video is the making of one of my larger scale acrylic plastic artworks. I consider the flat panels I make to be paintings, and the acrylic plastic material of which they’re made, simply paint in hardened form. My “brushes” are the bandsaw, tablesaw, glue, and a polishing machine.
Acrylic plastic, known under trade names such as Plexiglas and Lucite, is purchased in sheet form, usually 4’x8’, and I buy it in thicknesses from 1/8” up to 1/2”. It is a very challenging material to work with. Yet its luminosity, intensity, and variety of translucency are unparalleled in any other solid material.
For these reasons I find acrylic plastic very satisfying as a medium with which to explore the possibilities of color and pattern. Combined with the processes I employ, objects of deep intricacy and luminosity are possible. I also enjoy the physicality of the “paintings” as constructed objects.
Interspersed throughout the video you also will also see me working on various sculptural pieces I was making at the time. They are wall-mounted sculptures in which I was exploring the properties of thick layers of translucent milky-clear colorless acrylic in combination with thin layers of opaque colored acrylic. In these pieces, the color that you see between the thin distinctly colored layers is all reflected light only.