Noon Onward: Icosahedronic Moment
Size: 16 x 20 "
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Date created: December 1981 - Spring 1982
A painting I did in about 1982 called Approximately Noon Onward:
Icosahedronic Moment included a cluster of icosahedra which I first
rendered as a sculpture by folding up a group of ordinary picture
postcards. The final version of the painting is pictured here. Photographs
of this work in progress, show that the pictorial surface detail
appearing on the postcards was originally included in the painting.
I remember painting out that surface detail in an effort to clarify
the reading of the scene, but I do miss that detail and I am glad
at least that I have some photos of it.
Two years earlier, in 1980, I had seen a diagram
in Anthony Pugh's book Polyhedra: A Visual Approach. This convinced
me to expand my study of polygonal periodic tilings to include the
exploration of all-space filling and open-packed polyhedral nets
All space-filling polyhedra are the logical
3D counterpart to all-plane filling polygons which are of course
the underlying support to Escher's zoomorphic work. Although, contiguous
face to face zoomorphic polyhedra are theoretically possible, their
complexities most likely require computer graphics and the added
non-simultaneity of a time-based system of interlace to be realized
in a satisfying manner.