Friday, July 15, 2005

Math-Moiré: a definition

Abstract art, by definition, does not use native shapes and colors to represent real-life objects. The artist seeks the essence, lifting that quality out of the real and depicting it, instead.

Some artists, such as Piet Mondrian, abstract even further; Mondrian's paintings celebrate shape and color completely abstracted from the responsibility to represent anything but themselves.

Then there are the pen-and-ink "math-moiré" creations of K.B. Cummings. Cummings' father, Ben H. Cummings, was a noted landscape artist. Working in oil, watercolor, or acrylics, Ben Cummings painted exquisitely realistic scenes of the places where he had lived, hunted, and traveled in his long life. Cummings pere was especially known for capturing the movement and play of running water, and the foliage of near and distant trees and shrubs.

K.B. Cummings, on the other hand, developed a unique expression, entirely abstract, focused on the interplay of two intersecting regular networks of curves, and the visual construct of a third swirl of colors overlaid upon them. Each piece is of itself, a pure visual experience; it cannot be described, but can only be viewed. The colors are primary, vital; swirling in regular sweeps imposed by the mental map laid out by the artist.

Each is unique.

So join me as we explore the Math-Moiré art of K.B. Cummings, with an occasional juxtaposed piece from Ben H. Cummings.

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