|Cordier, Chemigram 1/9/11 II "Squares in Love"|
Douglas Collins, inventor of this nonfigurative blog, has offered me the opportunity to wish his readers a Happy New Year. Happily I accept: this blog is heaven-sent for all of us who practice or appreciate alternative or extraphotographic experimentation. The texts are clear, carefully documented, the illustrations well chosen. To my knowledge, in the world of such things, it stands alone.
For my participation in this first post of 2012, I've gone into my recent chemigrams and picked out three pairs of squares, each measuring just a centimeter on a side. They have had intimate relations, a rare event among squares. Presenting geometric forms with humor is the specialty of a French artist I much admire, François Morellet.
These "Squares in Love" are not as sharp and clean as the ones I used to make. Let me explain. On my website some of you may have seen the Chemigram 12/1/82 "Zigzagram". It's a completely controlled work, except for three tiny imperfections cause by spots of dust in the 'magical varnish' I employ as a resist. Some people tease me by saying, "But those are my favorite shapes!"
|Cordier, Chemigram 12/1/82 "Zigzagram", detail|
The other chemigram I'd take to a desert island (but what good would they do me there?) is the Photo-Chemigram 4/4/79 "Hexagram". The fine lines you see in it are disturbed by numerous bubbles, dust and defects in the varnish, like a stream crashing among rocks. Without these imperfections this image could have been made on a computer, which would have had no interest for me. So I welcome the random effects of matter and materials, but one has to know whether to accept or reject them.
|Cordier, Photo-Chemigram 4/4/79 "Hexagram", detail|
At the same time, I now accept that certain shapes be blurrier or more hazy than in my previous work. That suggests depth.
And if even squares can fall in love, why not imitate them during the new year? So I make a further wish: that all of you create new images with every alternative technique, both possible and imaginable.