Further following the idea of bending patterns instead of grids I focused on a trihexagonal grid where the tips of the triangles do overlap. The resulting hexagons are filled with strong reddish colours, reaching from a colder red in the centre towards a warmer read towards the outside, while the background is kept in greyish, mainly varying in brightness – both colours kept in a relatively narrow bandwidth. Aligning the centre-point of the grid in the golden section to the viewable screen does complete the weird dynamic of this picture.
A pattern on a tie seen in the Fox television series 24 inspired me to the CTU series. The background of the first picture is adapted from that tie. Bending that pattern and incresing the compelexity are my contributions.
Independent not toutching, but still somehow repating geometries over one common background still form a 3-D illusion. Maximum brightness is located outside the geometrical centers, giving this picture extra tension.
Increasing the complexity, in combinition with warmer colours did lead to the secund picture of this series.
Further increased complexity in combination with bluish colours are my attempt to “overload the eye”. Yes, you are seeing two half-ellipses, but can you simultanously understand all the details? Or is this dissolving to something twinkling? Do you still understand what you are seeing, or are you already enjoing the feeling of watching?
A pure pure grey scale does take the last referance points. Judge for yourself, Is our eye already overloaded?
In a Euclidean space, the sum of angles of a triangle equals the straight angle (180 degrees). The series of drawings called “180°” does focus on the geometry of triangles. Unlike a typical picture of the Vega series, where a square or rectangular grid is bend to form the illusion of a bubble, this “180° series” achieves the same Illusion, based on a triangular grid. The series does contain six different pictures, all based on the same basic (triangular) grid.
Triangle based grid, bend within a “squared circle”. Reddish and ochre colouring do underline the bubble, but do not accentuate the bending area. Thus, the eye wants to see a round bubble, even so the bending is massively unround (Compare this to third picture of this series)
Darker reddish and lighter ochre colouring maintain the underlining of the bubble and the hiding of the bending area like in the first picture of this series, but with a more graphical character.
Now, with a different Colour saturation outside the bending are, the same grid, accentuates the “squared circle”. (Compare this to the first two pictures of the series.)
Throughout the complete series, the centre element is a triangle, but the eye tends to notice this as a part of a bigger (top) hexagon. But as a matter of fact, this same triangle could be part of a bottom right or a bottom left hexagon. To guide the attention to the bottom right hexagon, a star, suggesting the blossom out of this Hexagon was added
Different (blueish) colouring and a vonal formed background does give the theme a completely different appearance, now reminding of a view through a window.
Another Different, (yellowish) colouring and a slight modification of the geometry now form the impression of a shield.
Increasing complexity isn’t limited to the bending area and the boundaries. Another way to increase complexity is to use a none-Cartesian background grid. Already the unbend grid can be a challenge for the eye.
But can that be bend? Yes, it can.