abstract art, a systems view


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Drawing: Networked Double Tetractys, permanent marker on paper, 8″ x 8″

Written by Andy Parkinson

November 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

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  1. This is striking and powerful work Andy.

    Molecules of Emotion

    November 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    • thanks Gregory, it is taking me to some new territory (new to me) so getting feedback is especially helpful

      Andy Parkinson

      November 25, 2012 at 7:25 am

  2. sparklingly tetractular!


    November 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

  3. Love this! kind of both comforting and invigorating to me for some reason!


    November 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    • Thank you. Yes it does seem to both excite the eye and calm it, I was going to say “at the same time” until I started to wonder if it alternates. I certainly find this form very fascinating and I am pleased if you find it so too. I sometimes get interested in a phenomena only to find that I am on my own. So thanks for commenting, much appreciated.

      Andy Parkinson

      November 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

  4. Love this!


    November 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • Thanks Mel. I am delighted to get positive feedback from someone whose work I admire so much and very helpful to get this in relation to the new ideas I am working with. Do keep in touch, I hope it won’t be too long before we get a show of your work in the UK.

      Andy Parkinson

      November 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

  5. Excellent play of line, color, and shape. Resounding with structure, yet playful, sensual.

    Edward Bedinghaus

    November 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    • Thank you for commenting Edward. Your feedback is helpful as that was something of my own experience only I worried if it was too much on the structured side and not playful enough, only to find that when I relaxed the structure it lost its ‘buzz’.

      Andy Parkinson

      November 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

  6. I think the single blast of the yellow is really interesting…and the piece overall pushes and pulls in a genuinely original way. I’m pretty sure you are right about the tightness of the underlying structure too.

    David Manley

    November 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

    • Thank you David. I am really interested in what you say. It is as if the space seems to bend, I think. In an earlier version I had the one yellow figure at the top and David Reid pointed out that it looked Christmassy. I am sure it wasn’t a criticism, but I didn’t really want it to look like a christmas tree, so in this version I inverted the hierarchy. I am working on some other variations and I am finding them fascinating to work on.

      Andy Parkinson

      November 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  7. Good move inverting the tree – I’ve had enough of Christmas already. As you know your system exploration has given me some mild dizziness understanding the process – and just when I think I’ve got, it I haven’t! Sorry for my thick-as-a-brick mentality but please explain – do the conceptual circles appear because you have measured so accurately that you stop the intersecting lines at the circumference of the circle? I notice that some of the lines intersect without creating the circle illusion. If this is the case I admire your left brain ability to measure that accurately.


    December 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

  8. Hi John. Not much accuracy involved here, no more than you can achieve by simply using a ruler. When the lines change colour without also looking discontinuous and (this part is my own theory, when there is a good tonal contrast) then the neon- like coloured circle appears. Where these criteria are not met then the coloured circle does not appear or its appearance is diminished.

    Andy Parkinson

    December 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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