Four-Fold Rotational Wasp
Size: approximately 11x14"
Medium: Graphite on Paper
Date created: April 1980
In April 1983,
Acevedo produced the pencil drawing called: Four - fold Rotational Wasp
- Fish Orifice Covet. Being structured on a 5x7 matrix of squares, it
utilizes a combination of figurative elements as well as abstract graphical
components. The latter taking one of two forms: modernist hard-edged Josef
Albers-like non-objective forms or Escher-inspired metaphorical geometry,
i.e. zoomorphic periodic space division.
Acevedo: Four-Fold began as the basis of a grayscale study for my color class with Judith
Crook at Art Center College of Design. It was in fact the first complete
work of mine that was a direct result of my study of Escher's notebooks
the previous Summer. It was seeing and transcribing an insect pattern
from Escher's notebooks that inspired me to create the four-fold rotational
wasp. I could have easily emulated figure-ground interchangeability of
Escher's zoomorphics, but I felt my work would seem too derivative. I
decided to adopt an open-packed style.
at the time was based on looking at photographs of groups of parachutists
holding hands on their way down. I noticed the abstract or non-objective
interstitial spaces between the figures - you don't see Escher's one to
one figure-ground toggle. Funnily enough at the time, I didn't reference
the ubiquitous use of the open linked methods of tiling the plane as seen
in textile pattern design - especially in botanical motifs.
Some of the
figurative allegorical components of the composition were described by
its author in 1982. Here it follows in a slightly abridged form:
left a grouping of three men...The middle gentleman is self absorbed as
he smugly embraces a large fish. The formally attired bespectacled man
at his right looks on emphatically as he seems to suggest an alternative
In this case, an isolated component of the tessellated
domain that he clutches in his hand. The third man in the drawing's center
is a Magritian-like bystander...very simply... standing by. At the picture's
extreme right is a another episodic image which obviously derives from
Salvador Dali - apparitional children becoming the architectural facade
they are running towards.