Complexity and Emergence – THE GRID

My interest in Complexity Science and Emergence has been manifested via the grid and in the process of creating new works. The Grid in one form or another has been part of art history for hundreds of years, whether in its process of creating work, or intentionally included as a visual metaphor. The old masters would draw from life and then in order to make a work as large as life, they would grid off a large canvas and transfer the smaller image to this larger scale. In the early digital age the bitmap was apparent, though now since we have evolved toward much higher resolutions, the bitmap/grid reference is not as obvious. The grid in one form or another is a part of our daily lives, whether it is in the city, or on maps, or networks, or nature, or as a signifier for order (vs chaos). Though the works on this page are more concretely ‘grid’ in their geometric presentation, the truth is that most of my work in one form or another is a reference to the idea of ‘grid’. Many of my works are made via the process of the grid combined with complexity and emergence (using construction- deconstruction – reconstruction). Emergence, a phenomenon I employ has been a constant in this process. I enjoy taking a small number of set factors and using them to create new work. It is this constant ‘research’ of the visual experience while simultaneously staying in a specific project that reflects the philosophical outlook that has fueled my creativity.

This website is an archival repository of my work. I am separating the very early works (they are on bottom separate area) that I did when I was teaching myself to paint from life that had my initial fascination with the grid (but had not really thought about its meaning).
Please refer to ABOUT and Ideas on Art for more information.

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