If you create a image template that has strict technical rules, then one would expect that the resulting images would show a level of symmetry as they progress. Beyond Symmetry is a series of 27 paintings that explore the use of a highly defined set of parameters while creatively seeking to go beyond the expected through use of color selection and design. It is a disciplined construction where each work presents 11 Ascending Color elements divided into three sets of three colors and fourth set containing only a pair. The master template utilizes a defined center point and a descending frame that serves as a starting point to define the color field areas (the “settings”). The 27 works are divided into six theme sets of four works, and a seventh set containing only three. The themes are Brick, Night, Plum, Earth, Linen, Garden and Cloud.
The initial idea for this exploration came from a simple question I have wrestled since I first took an interest in non-figurative painting. That question is: Can geometry surprise? Searching to answer what may be an un-answerable question is a challenge I intend to study well into the future.
Beyond Symmetry: Series begun in late 2014 and completed in mid 2016. Each of the works in the “Beyond Symmetry” series are 24″x30″, oil on canvas, and priced at $1,848 each. Purchasers will also be asked to cover nominal and reasonable shipping costs. Please contact me at MJS.art@MJStumpf.com.
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