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Forget brushes. Try painting with the wheels of a car.

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  March 26, 2013 12:21 PM

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Richard Jackson likes to do crazy things with paint. As I noted previously on Brainiac, a year ago he crashed a drone airplane loaded with paint into a canvas as big as the side of a barn. Now he's got a retrospective show at the Orange County Museum of Art, which includes what is surely the most complicated, elaborate, painting contraption you've ever seen. It's called "Painting with Two Balls" and includes two spinning globes, a car, a rotating canvas, and buckets of paint dropped from a great height. "Basically the process is we're gonna pour paint on these balls and I'm going to run the car and then the balls spin and the paint goes all over the place," Jackson explains in the following video. And while the splattering paint is fun to watch, by far the best shots are of Jackson himself, who's 74, hunkered down like a gleeful mad scientist while paint waterfalls around him.

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