Friday, February 8, 2008
The concept of a traditional (non-electronic) image that can be manipulated by the viewer to create many potential paintings from a single work stemmed from a desire to actualize the implied motion of Cubist and Abstract Expressionist paintings. Using slide puzzles as my initial inspiration for a moveable, interactive picture plane, I began fashioning painted square tiles of hardboard into core images which contain the seed of millions, even billions of potential paintings. I mounted those painted tiles with magnets on sheet metal frames so that they may be freely manipulated. In even the simplest configuration, the nine positions of the tiles multiplied by each of the four possible orientations of the squares results in a huge number of potential abstract arrangements.