2015 – Variations

Variations: Works in various media, various materials, but all with the same idea, the same origin. An idea, a visual template that has stimulated creative approaches again and again over many years.
The origin, a picture, a group of dancing girls, colourful, moving snake-like across a wall. Flowing movements of female forms, forced into rhythmic juxtaposition, captured in the painting.
A mural in the temple of Dionysus, Bacchus celebrating, an adjoining room in the temple complex of Knossos in Crete, and other paintings in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples; paintings by Matisse, Duchamp, Muybridge and Richter provide modern input.
A request for an exterior wall design served as the creative impetus for the series of works that emerged between 2012 and 2014. A playful amalgamation of a series of walking nude women, repetitive images by Eadweard Muybridge and a number of moving lines, computer generated ideas stimulated the realisation of different artworks. The works, variation as variety, similar but never the same, joyfully playful in material and size like a school of creative potential. Figure and form, rhythm and movement, object and space, form defined by negative space like a barcode of seeing, the space in between is perceived and redefined into form. An infinite rhythm of seeing and perceiving unfolds. A variety of materials such as steel, stainless steel, bronze, acrylic and glossy lacquer, canvas, wood, cardboard, light, colour films, computer graphics and digital printing as signs on paper and object experiments made of papilots and colour have been used in the creation of images and objects. Unlimited possibilities in material and technique are the overriding stimuli for ever new ideas, for further variations.
Here, chronologically, the development is presented with selected illustrations, across a range of techniques. Richard A. Cox