Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dot, Blobs, Globs

Vacation is a great time to think clearly, and right before I turned my mind off (of the regular stuff) so I could have fewer things rolling around in my head, I considered the following:

As you know this Blog is very much about abstract pointillism ( and abstract calligraphy). But that term is so very narrow and it's quite an injustice to try and cram every and anything that has round patches of paint, into that category.
This painting,
titled "Connecting the Dots" 2006 ( Acrylic on frosted Mylar, 7"x7") by Frances Thomas is from his or her page at the Peter Robinson Gallery. It is not a pointillist work. And although the painting is small, those are not really what you would call dots. So how would we describe this painting and categorize it - as per the round patches of paint ?
Do we call them dots or globs or orbs ? The word circles won't work because people usually visualize hollow ones. I rather doubt I'll receive any answers and am inclined to think that in the end I'll just have to invent some term.
The point of this conversation is that it's rather amazing how many artists, though the years, have used this technique of applying dots, large and small as vehicles for their artistic adventure or incorporated them into their works.
A good and handy example is Frances Thomas.
There's also a rich trove of other artists who've used dots, in the column to your right under the heading Ab/Poin Artist Links. Enjoy.



Steven LaRose said...

Dollop fields:

At that scale, a drop is so expressive. The hard thing is to scale it up and maintain interest.

Anthropomorphic Puddle Creatures:

They elegantly balance pencil marks. Pencil is easy. Well, not easy, but the root. Pencil bigger and brush control happens. This scale is beautiful and whimsical.

Thanks for the tip.

Steven LaRose said...

I just went and looked at the rest of this artist's work and was instantly struck by the notion that someone, with time on their hands, could make a comparison to Dennis Hollingsworth's paintings. There is a similar palette and compositional understanding. And yet, one could riff on the smooth mylar surfaces vs. the sculptural monads.

tackad said...
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tackad said...

Thanks, Steven
You're right about the comparison with Dennis - hadn't thought of that . . . .