The Story Behind...the White Series
Sometimes, to be more creative, you have to limit yourself.
Without intending to, I've spent most of 2016 giving myself challenges for new art. I've done three separate series' of works this year (two are still ongoing)...the Red Series, the Cloud series, and the White series.
The White series is the first work I did in 2016. In January, I decided to explore fractals with limits. My work is colorful; fractals look best with lots of color. Why not challenge myself and try to make interesting fractals in just one color? I chose white as the color, knowing I'd use a black background. White can really "pop" on metal prints, so it seemed a good choice.
Wow, was it hard! Fractals really look much better in multitudes of color! I went through countless fractals. Some were original (but boring in white), some were white versions of current pieces (looked terrible), some were almost something. I spent a week trying to find a fractal shape that might work good as a base.
I hit upon fractals that were more lines than curves. White seemed to allow for a nice "flow" look, which I emphasized as the series progressed.
Numbers 2-5 in the series are based on Number 1. Number 1 had that "flow" and reminded me the tiniest bit of the melting clocks in Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory. There was something about the way the lines folded down.
I tried some more fractals, but only found success when I went back to Number 1 and manipulated it into what finally became 2-5. I especially liked the way I managed to progress the flowing lines in 4 & 5. After 5 fractals, I felt the series was finished. I can't say why exactly, but I knew it was complete.
For several months earlier this year, I had the honor of hanging the entire series at Edloe Street Cafe, located in the West University area in Houston. You can see a picture of them installed down below.
Pieces in the series can be purchased through my Spreesy store. They are also in my Square store. I typically have at least two of the series at local markets. If you're interested in buying the entire series together, let me know! I will have a limited edition of the series (all pieces together), but am still working out the details (materials, size, etc). Send me your ideas, if you're interested.