Monday, May 14, 2012

Straight Lines, Curved Lines?

Plaster Ceiling Ornament, The Bowman Building, 1992

Another one of these old drawings, it has been kicking around for years in my stacks of stuff.  Originating as part of a group of architectural decorations for a  brochure, it seems straightforward enough as quick pen and ink sketch of an object.  The actual object is a ceiling medallion used to catch chandelier soot, thereby keeping it from fouling up the entire ceiling.  While the hole in the center always bothered me, my recent investigations into sacred geometry have peaked my interest in looking at this piece differently.  It always had a sort of power for me as a graphic (even used it as a logo for a while) and I never knew why.  Sure enough there are the six interlocking rings suggestive of the geometric pattern known as the seed/flower of life.  This six pattern appears just everywhere in nature and has been emulated in art and architecture for thousands of years.  

Just looking for something new to latch onto artistically,  maybe this kind of thinking, maybe not. 

Check out this guy.



L.W.Roth, said...

Very enlightening Bill. Funny thing: I flunked geometry in high school. I had no patience for a subject that didn't apply to anything useful. No one said why I needed to know it. Then I went to art college and noticed through drawing everything was connected. This line is parallel to that; these points all meet at this point. (I like to describe it as "joinery is everything"). Then I became a designer and knew what geometry was for. I bought the books. I studied the theorems. I calculated and constructed and made a living. Now I'm back to the second dimension and again joinery is everything. Why don't we connect the dots for our young?

William Cook said...

Great comment Linda! I bet if they taught the subject with a little aesthetics like this, it would have been quite enjoyable to the young Linda.

I was a math dunce. However Geometry was the only math course I ever enjoyed. I was particularly interested in how everything proved out--no gray areas. Trig was a disaster for me. To this day I haven't got a clue what it's used for. Me and half the class were in summer school--68. I'm getting upset just thinking about it.

I like "joinery is everything". We'll dub it Roth's Theorem.