The Planets, Lady’s Face, Big Ben, and Tiger’s Eye are the titles of some of the artworks created on Gisborne Herald lithographic plates by brothers Alex and Benjamin Shanks during lockdown.
The artworks were made by inking the plates and spinning while centrifugal energy and chance did the rest.
Herald printer Pat Shanks made a spinning table from the bottom half of an office chair and attached a drill to spin the chair seat. He also took the precaution of building a surround out of cardboard to trap flying ink.
“We used acrylic paint, poster paint and printer’s ink and experimented to see different outcomes,” said Pat.
“We ‘inked’ onto paper, cardboard and aluminium metal plate. The latter gave the best effect.”
Changing the spin speed, paint type and print medium spun variations that lent themselves to the titles the lads came up with.
“Mistakes” sometimes resulted in the best creations, said Pat.
“The splatter that came from the ink onto the cardboard surround was an artwork in itself.”
While the artworks were created during lockdown, the name ‘Corona Art’ also refers to the “arms” of the paint that splays out like a crown from the centre and resembles the form of the virus.