abstract art, a systems view

pattern 2 (sketch)

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From fragment to pattern 2 (sketch)

Written by Andy Parkinson

November 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

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  1. I think these fragment patterns are wonderful. They bring to mind El Anatsui for me, who is worth checking out if you don’t know of him. This site is the best I’ve found to view his work:


    November 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  2. That is a nice repetition. Strong rightward motion, like a riptide or conveyor belt.


    November 16, 2011 at 3:18 am

  3. Thank you Zorgor and Alissa for you comments. Alissa, I would never have made that connection, thanks for the link, I am finding it very interesting.

    Andy Parkinson

    November 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

  4. Truth be told, your “sketch” here looks really awesome itself. There is something I really like about a ‘natural’ texture or pattern, repeated perfectly, exactly, the way only digital software can. The cropped fragment is what I mean by a ‘natural’ texture… you painted that using brush, hand, arm, and hand-eye coordination. Then to repeat that very human work over and over completely perfectly… you can see the specks of orange in the purple in every vertical and they are exactly the same every time. Exactly the way you painted it. It’s almost as if the computer in its digital perfection nonetheless pays homage to the less precise human implementation of the work.
    I guess I value both digital perfection and human imperfection and there is something very compelling to me in seeing them working together, cooperating perfectly.


    November 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  5. Thanks for your comment Zorgor, you make an interesting point and a good case for the digital image. I had only been using the digital repetitions as an indication of what it might look like when I paint it, kind of a preparatory sketch, and you are right that some of the qualities of the digital image will not make it to that painting. You’ve got me thinking about doing both analogue and digital versions and perhaps getting digital versions printed on canvas.

    Andy Parkinson

    November 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

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