Jean Harlow and Helen Hayes – Cube Series Paintings

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Above:  Jean Harlow in the Cube Series.

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Above:  Helen Hayes in “The Sin of Madelon Claudet”  in the Cube Series.  She eventually garnered the nickname “First Lady of the American Theatre” and was one of eleven people who won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.

Each canvas measures 16″ by 20″ was created using acrylic paint media and topped with a semi-gloss finish, unframed.

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“The Child Within”

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Original concept of shapes and symbols within the geometric connections of lines.  Here we acknowledge some of those by accentuating the different blocks with contrast, pointing out diamonds, triangles, stars, crosses, hexagons, and more.   We challenge the mind to try to count exactly how many shapes and symbols are hidden within this one foot of contrast.

Sitting atop this most interesting plant of opposite colors buds a cube with the image of Shirley Temple, who in this piece represents the child in all of us who is happy, curious, kind and gentle,  but very dependent on a firmly planted figure of stabilization.

What I love about this piece is how the figure of the child stands alone, joyous and oblivious to all the chaos forming around.  The cube was formed once again from the union of several circles in a line overlapping each other, as were the accented blocks of black and white- representing a symmetry amidst unbalance, harmony within a stirred universe.

The piece is mostly acrylic with some varnish and some painting formed by pushing air through a nozzle forming unique splatters and lines, and measures28″ X 22″, unframed.

“Grounded” from Cube Series

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2′ X 18″ Acrylic Mixed Media

This painting took many different alterations until the final vision came to life.  Boasting a taste of a memory being trapped in some other dimension, it holds the bond of Male and Female inside the cube form.  A blank face represents the UN-written fate and destiny of man and woman, while another face of the cube holds a moment in time.  Suspended from the rest of the plateau, the hexagonal form sparks a bolt which splashes from within the base of the cube as a symbol of being “grounded” although disconnected from any material.

“The Crossings” – Cube Series

"The Crossings"

Silent film starlets adorn this piece with a splash of chaos and sparkle.  We see the theory of “nets”,  which is explained in the post of the Cube Series’ original concept sketch, represented by the crossword puzzle.  The expression on the top image of the woman is one of fear and worry, an emotion of crossing into the unknown with caution and suspicion.  While at the bottom of the painting we see a rested and conformed image of a woman in a more relaxed pose; one of confidence and settlement after crossing over chaos and the unknown.

Media is 29″ X19.5″,  mostly acrylic with some varnish, and is already framed in a dark walnut brown with a 3″ thick border.

Cube Series – Symbols, Meanings, and Exploration

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Cube series is an exploration into the hidden symbols found within the geometric lines of shapes.  Over-lapping circles in a uniform line reveal worldly-recognized symbols by connecting intersecting points.  The most commonly recognized stem from religion and mathematics such as geometry.  Some examples include triangles,  The Five Point Star (a.k.a. ‘star of David’), a cross or “X”, masonic symbol, diamonds, three-dimensional pyramids, smaller symmetric circles, and more, but most interesting to myself- the Hexagon.

On Symbols:

In alchemy, the two triangles represent the reconciliation of the opposites of fire and water. Non-Jewish Kabbalah (also called Christian or Hermetic Kabbalah) interprets[citation needed] the hexagram to mean the divine union of male and female energy, where the male is represented by the upper triangle and the female by the lower one. Moreover, it derives four triangular symbols from it (two triangles crossed like a capital letter A and two uncrossed) to represent the four elements: water, fire, air, and earth. This use of the symbol was used as an important plot point in Dan Brown’s popular novel The Da Vinci Code and the Da Vinci Code film cites this as the origin of the star.

“The interlacing triangles or deltas symbolize the union of the two principles or forces, the active and passive, male and female, pervading the universe … The two triangles, one white and the other black, interlacing, typify the mingling of apparent opposites in nature, darkness and light, error and truth, ignorance and wisdom, evil and good, throughout human life.” – Albert G. Mackey

The Hexagon itself is fascinatingly complex.  What does it mean when you connect points and other shapes are manifested?  Are there hidden secrets to the universe, too far from our own comprehension,  living inside these images- a code of some sort?  From Greek mythology to civilized universal mathematics, unique symbols appear and live within these shapes.

Split the Hexagon down the middle by connecting opposing corners, and we now see a three-dimensional cube from an angle.  Continue to explore different connections, and we have a cube from all fathomable angles.  A cube itself, when unfolded, reveals many different combinations, depending on what edge you split from, much like a crossword puzzle, which I sometimes include in my pieces.  These are called nets.
A cube has eleven nets that is, there are eleven ways to flatten a hollow cube by cutting seven edges.

In geometry the net of a polyhedron is an arrangement of edge-joined polygons in the plane which can be folded (along edges) to become the faces of the polyhedron. Polyhedral nets are a useful aid to the study of polyhedra and solid geometry in general, as they allow for models of polyhedra to be constructed from material such as thin cardboard.

As you can see, the art itself is interesting, but what is under the surface holds a greater meaning and purpose, which is where the idea for the name of my next show is “Portals”.