Friday, 10 April 2015

The fractal subdivision

The fractal subdivision.  Made from canvass, paper and acrylic paints.

Yes, it's a predictable title for my cubist experiment, but sometimes the obvious ones are the best.

From the front the relief is monochromatic and is really all about shape and texture.  When you stand directly in front of it the coloured paint is hard to see, but as you change your viewing angle the different colours become more visible.

I haven't framed the picture because I wanted parts of it to wrap around the sides of the canvass.  The composition is made up of square and rectangular blocks, and without a frame the canvass itself becomes one of those blocks, which is better than just having it sitting in the background not interacting with anything else.  I actually think this picture might look silly in a frame.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Even more cubist buildings

The wind here has died down long enough or me to spray paint some more fractal elements for my cubist relief.  Here they are:

A bit empty, maybe?

As well as townhouses and retaining walls, we now have a line of older buildings on top of a hill overlooking the new construction.  

While the foreground buildings at the bottom left utilise Menger sponges, the other structures are made using the two-dimensional version of this fractal, Sierpinsky's carpet.

Right now I'm unsure whether to leave it as is, or add some more stuff.  I don't want the canvass to become too busy and overcrowded, but at the same time I want to get across the impression of lots of identical buildings crowded together.

I guess I'll sleep on it and see what I think in the morning.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

More fractal structures

These simplified stripes represent massive retaining walls.  The subdivision I'm looking at is essentially built on terraces, into the side of a hill.  Wellington hills are made of clay, and retaining walls like this are necessary to prevent landslips.  Mind you, you see houses hanging off the side of cliffs at all angles in this city, and some of them have been there for a hundred years.

This is where I used the cadmium red I talked about last time.  The retaining walls are brownish coloured with red undertones, but not that bright in real life.  Bright red looks nice on the canvass though and does a good job of highlighting the vertical elements of the retaining walls.  I'm also finding that the accent colours I use have to be quite bright to compete with the chrome paint.

Using contrasting textures also helps to emphasise the structures' vertical elements, but they're all made entirely out of paper cubes, just like the original Menger sponge I made.