City square, tabletop, legal pad, compact disc, plate glass—with apologies to Pythagoras, much of the experiential terrain flattens rather than curves. The projected and externalized mind, culture if you will, resides and remains predicated on a controlled surface.
Whether seen as fictive art or actual object, these reliefs shape place along edge. Their boundaries mediate between consensus reality and a smaller, sometimes more full-bodied form, or color, supported within. Figural and geometric, compressed and volumetric, condensed and expansive, real and virtual, the works set opposites in tension and balance.
“A dictionary begins when it no longer gives the meaning of words, but their tasks.” —Georges Bataille, from “Formless.” An entry in the _Critical_Dictionary_.
© John J. Richardson, 2011