research on powder coating mixes, 2019

 

in the same way that nature does not express itself by uniform blocks of colour, why should industrial artefacts rely on colour charts? 

“powders” is a research in powder coating mixes which restores a chromatic complexity to the surface of metallic objects.

instead of merging into another colour as paint pigments do, powder coated paints settle on a metallic surface by electrostatics, homogeneously but without mixing, and draw aleatory patterns at the smallest scale the human eye can reach.

“Powders” is a collection of powdercoating “colours”, that have been elaborated by mixing in very precise proportions, many different coloured powdercoating “paints” together.

 Usually, metallic objects are powdercoated in a single, uniform colour chosen from a RAL chart - but just as nature does not express itself by uniform blocks of colour, industrial artefacts also should display a high level of chromatic complexity.

What the RAL 1002 “sand yellow” designates is a plain, light beige, very far away from what sand really looks like at close range: nothing like yellow, but rather a myriad of different beiges, pinks, browns, some orange, red, black, and even gold.

My research in powdercoating mixes aims to reactivate the archetypal denomination of colours such as “sand beige”, “moss green” and “rust red”, taking as models the complex natural textures of sand, moss and rust, almost with a “trompe l’oeil” effect. The fourth one, synthetic blue, presents by contrast a blue surface that could never exist in nature.

Instead of merging into another colour as paint pigments do, synthetic powdercoated paints (epoxy or polyester) settle on the metallic surface by electrostatics, homogeneously but without mixing, and draw aleatory patterns at the smallest scale the human eye can reach.

The powdercoating mixes have been applied to the simple, almost pure volumes of generic and anonymous steel tableware: I will present my coatings on sets of tableware constituted from trays, bowls and cups, gathered from catering or camping equipment.