Infinity Works

The Infinity Works are a play with colour, space, light and shape. They are a twist on the fundamental characteristics of painting, art and design.

Coloured glowing bodies appear to float in infinite space, the spaces between them like black holes that invite inspection, pulling the viewer in to their glossy dark depths.

These playful works or experiences are in equal measure about the dark space between the coloured patterns as the works themselves.

They can be viewed as paintings or sculptures or simply as objects of illusion and intrigue.

LINE, COLOUR, SPACE, LIGHT, AND SHAPE:
WHAT DO THEY DO? WHAT DO THEY EVOKE?

Colour is perceived as the light reflected off objects and has three main characteristics—hue, value, and intensity. Possible characteristics: warm/cool palette, subdued, brilliant, dazzling, sizzling, vibrant, dull, chilly, refracted, pure, soft, muddy, coordinated, tertiary, intensity, pigment, colour wheel, spectrum, monochromatic, diluted, natural, chemical, pastel, contrasting. Primary colours: yellow, red, and blue. Secondary colours: orange, purple, and green. Complementary colours: are opposite each other on the colour wheel: yellow/purple; red/green; blue/orange.

Space is the area between and around an object; real space is three-dimensional. Space can also refer to the two-dimensional illusion of depth. Possible characteristics: perspective, foreground, middle ground, background, shallow, deep, wide, realistic, abstract, primary, inner, outer, deep, white space and picture plane. Positive space: the space the object occupies. Negative space: the space between the edge of the positive space and the frame.

Light often describes the light source or light reflected within the composition. In realistic compositions, if there is light, there is shadow. Possible characteristics: chiaroscuro, brilliant, bright, dark, shadows, shade, holy light, night light, moonlight, sunlight, bulbs, morning light, dusk, diffused, dim, filtered, illuminated, clear, highlights, foggy, mystical, realistic and imaginary. Reflecting light: light that bounces off objects. Glowing light: the source of light.

Shape defines objects in space. Shapes have two dimensions—width and height—and are often defined by lines. Possible characteristics: solid, boomerang, contour, symmetrical, asymmetrical, dimensional, abstract, free-form, oval, heavy, light, outline, perimeter, transparent, whimsical, imaginary, childlike and realistic. Geometric shapes: mathematical shapes such as circles, cubes, spheres, cones, squares, rectangles and triangles. Organic shapes: are found in nature and can be irregular like blobs and puddles.

Chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark), in art, is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects.

Further specialised uses of the term include chiaroscuro woodcut for coloured woodcuts printed with different blocks, each using a different coloured ink; and chiaroscuro drawing for drawings on coloured paper in a dark medium with white highlighting. Chiaroscuro is a mainstay of black and white photography.

The underlying principle is that solidity of form is best achieved by the light falling against it.