In the Studio with Percy Cannon

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Percy Cannon Buenas Noches, 2011

As the radio stations begin to crackle and fad into one another, I take a lesser known exit off interstate 80 heading into the little town of Crockett, CA. Located between Richmond  and Vallejo lies this quiet town defined by the bright flashing lights of the C&H Sugar Factory.  The factory’s lights can easily be mistaken for a casino when viewed from the Carquinez Bridge, which connects the North Bay to the East Bay.

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Percy Cannon’s light filled studio faces four blue doors of the Crockett volunteer fire department with a backdrop of the sugar factory.

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Percy’s new studio space is wide open with huge exposed brick walls. He steps away from his latest project of creating a screen print exposure unit to greet me and we begin catching up.

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In describing his painting process using acrylic pour medium , Cannon sounds more like a scientist than an artist. He is drawn to this pour medium for its aesthetic affect yet is fascinated by its challenges. He explains the major elements of the process to be largely about time, mixtures, developing skins and divisions that occur once air is introduced to the equation.  Recently, Cannon has moved into other variations of the medium by using iridescent pigments that change with the direction of the light, much like custom paint jobs of pimped-out cars. With more layers, multiple plains and new pigments, Cannon’s paintings seems to transcend the encasement of the shiny surface.

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With the installment of the screen print exposure unit, Cannon plans to explore additional layers of imagery within his works.  And with that statement,  he has now dangled the carrot for our next studio visit…

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