I present to you my newest painting — a “simple” geometric artwork I call Sapion.
Simple geometric art: Sapion. Acrylic on canvas. 48 inches (122 cm) square. 2011.
What makes this painting simple? Geometric art, as a genre, is characterized by repetitive shapes and motifs that often fill the entire picture plane, forming an allover pattern.
By contrast, although geometric, my newest painting takes a step back, allowing a series of stripes to interact simply with a pattern that appears to be just beginning to form. Neither the stripes, nor the pattern, become the geometric artwork’s focal point; the two elements achieve a fragile balance, framed by negative space.
The story behind this geometric painting is relatively simple, as well. I discovered this composition accidentally one night in late October, after four hours of mashing up patterns and shapes in Illustrator. The moment I arrived at this composition, I knew it had to be painted!
The happy accident that led to this painting only proves to me that as long as I experiment — no matter how long, laborious, or fruitless the process may seem — worthwhile results will follow. Four hours of going nowhere can lead to somewhere uncharted.
On a closing note, a logo is hidden in this painting. Can you spot it? Those of you who are familiar with global marketing and technology consultancies may already have the answer in mind. Shoot me a comment below if you think you know the right answer.