Everything starts from a dot.Wassily Kandinsky
Ann-Christine has given us a marvelous challenge this week. She says it so well: spots and dots are two little words that have great meaning and importance.
Wassily Kandinsky explains–“everything starts from a dot”—not only in art, but in life itself. In this image, you can see a mosaic created on a grand scale. Metaphorest by Tracy Van Duinen was awarded 2nd place in the Artprize competition in 2009. The mixed media mosaic at 98 East Fulton Street is on permanent display in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love how the artist created such a wonderfully human expression from pieces of reflective glass.
A line is a dot that went for a walk.Paul Klee
Here are two works of art that contain dots–the Alexander Calder sculpture on the left and some graffiti in a local park in New Hampshire. The Calder sculpture called “Blunt Tail Dog” is a fun and eccentric version of “man’s best friend.” On the right, the graffiti artist uses dots and spots to suggest eyes, a nose, and maybe even smoke.
A photograph is a universe of dots. The grain, the halide, the little silver things clumped in the emulsion. Once you get inside a dot, you gain access to hidden information, you slide into the smallest event. This is what technology does. It peels back the shadows and redeems the dazed and rumbling past. It makes reality come true.Don DeLillo
This last piece of art was featured in the Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015. The woman’s image appears to be made of spots and dots. But in fact, this work has two elements. The portrait of a woman was painted realistically, but it was placed behind a mesh screen. The effect was fascinating.
I have had a lot of fun looking for spots and dots in my archives. Ann-Christine also has me thinking of some of my favorite clothing that featured cheerful polka dots. And didn’t some ancient societies use symbols with spots and dots in their hieroglyphs–like the Egyptians? And didn’t prehistoric artists use spots and dots in their drawings in the Lascaux caves–for example? She’s right. These very simple symbols have a very long history, many meanings, and many uses in our world.
A special thanks to Amy, for last week’s beautiful “Gardens” challenge. Your posts featuring gardens from around the world were a visual delight. You had me thinking of the gardens I’ve loved and the serenity they inspire. We hope you’ll join us again this week for Ann-Christine’s “Spots and Dots” challenge. And next week? Tina will lead us for LAPC #149, so be sure to stop by her site next Saturday at noon. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.