|This "Brick Art" section is focused on work by Bill Wyatt using simulated Brick Wall patterns that are currently being shown in the front window at Y-Que.|
Over the last couple of years I have been painting and printing with plaster, resins and hybrid plaster materials in an attempt to make durable artwork with graphic images. Brick patterns have become an underlying theme as a brick wall is the ultimate exterior product and it makes a perfect background for almost anything. A brick pattern is decorative and interesting on its own. Currently there are 8 different brick wall effects in the front window of Y-Que in Los Angeles that show various methods I used to make simulated brick wall patterns. The wide range of casting materials I used are surfboard resins with atomized metals as a gel coat, hybrid plasters with acrylic polymers and various coatings each with a surprisingly different result.
The textures and materials I have been using to make the brick walls sometimes evoke a sense of sculpture, that is when the final product actually comes out looking like real bricks. The techniques that I am using to make these thin brick walls are a combination of skills I use for screen printing t-shirts and photo-fresco casting. Each brick panel can be used on it's own like a blank canvas to be painted on or it can be displayed as a final piece of art itself without a design or graphic. There is something comforting when I look through a framed brick panel on the wall as if the entire wall is made of brick and I am looking inside the wall.
There are two general categories that these experiments fall into. Photo-Fresco: Flat printed image on the surface that is embedded during the setting of plaster. Screen Painting: A raised effect using screen printing and painting typically on recycled printing frames. Both of these styles can be spray painted with a design afterwards or coated for additional durability and displayed as a brick panel. A final Top Frame is included with the Photo-Fresco pieces as a part of the casting, but it is not required for the flat Screen Painting pieces. The Top Frame can be added as an option at an additional cost to the Screen Painting pieces.
The wide range of materials like gypsum plasters, acrylic mediums, pigments, spray paints, and in some cases epoxy, vinyl and surfboard resins all have different results for potentially different uses and styles. Although I can make fully weather resistant strong brick panels with graphics using boat building and surfboard materials, I generally try to stay away from the polyester resins and epoxy as much as possible. Ultimate durability isn't required since these aren't really going to be used as exterior tiles. I have been testing the durability of the materials by displaying the brick walls outside on my truck and in the front window of the store, which are relatively harsh and critical environments.
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Y-Que will also be distributing a line of t-shirts, as blank t-shirts, that have a background brick pattern printed using discharge inks that can be worn as they are or printed afterwards similar to how the brick wall pieces can be used.
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