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Broken Meander White Blue Red Yellow 6_1
Broken Meander White Blue Red Yellow 6_1
Broken Meander White Blue Red Yellow 6_1
Broken Meander White Blue Red Yellow 6_1


Broken Meander White Blue Red Yellow 6_1 Painting

Christian Dodd

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 15 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in

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Six oil on wood panels of overlayed curvilinear figures in primary colors which create secondary and tertiary colors due their translucency. The figures in these pieces explore the possible paths around and across the five by five inch squares by a one inch stripe. Part of a series of works inspired by the slide puzzle. These pieces explore ideas of incompatibility, futility and inevitability through the simultaneous presence of several patterns, images, sequences or other artifacts in the same composition. They are reflective of the ubiquitous grids through which we navigate the apps which dominate modern life and the increasing gamification which leads to a sense of fatalistic bewilderment at odds with the supposedly rational and logical systems which underly them. These 'meanders' can be constantly rearranged and multiple pieces may also be combined or split to create new configurations and sizes of work ranging from small pieces such as this to very large mural style installations. I have named these pieces 'meanders' in reference to works by Anni Albers. When developing these pieces I was looking for ideas regarding colour combinations and decided that Josef Albers work might be a good reference. As part of that search though I came across his wife Anni's work and was struck by the similarity in the designs. Each panel is shipped with a hanging strip enabling continuous reconfiguration of the piece after initial installation to explore the many designs available and possibly allowing some if not all the layers to be resolved.

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Multi-paneled Painting:Oil on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:15 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in

Number of Panels:6

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I've explored many subjects over my thirty year practice but my current focus centres around multi-panelled pieces inspired by the mechanics of slide puzzles. In these palimpsest works, I apply multiple layers of images, marks and patterns so that they occupy the same composition but in different states, allowing images and motifs to undergo a transformative process between each layer. This method becomes a metaphor for exploring the intricacies of incompatibility or inevitability and can be disconcertingly jarring or consistently reaffirming dependent upon the work. The deliberate scattering and breaking of images, motifs and symbols allows me to explore many different ideas within a single compositional style and is, for me as an artist, a breakthrough in addressing the disorder and confusion I see in myself and the world around me. Alongside the multi-panelled pieces, I engage in the abstraction of complex subjects in my paintings. By deliberately introducing complexity and then allowing it to evolve into abstraction through the reductive process of painting, I seek to evoke pareidolic reactions from viewers — a reminder of our innate human tendency to find meaning in the seemingly abstract and unfamiliar.

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