Alex Paik "Improvisation #3 for Equilateral Triangle (Open)"

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Alex Paik "Improvisation #3 for Equilateral Triangle (Open)"

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Alex Paik
Improvisation #3 for Equilateral Triangle (Open)
2016
gouache, colored pencil, paper
5.5 x 10 x .5"

Artist Statement:
"My first serious introduction to art was through classical music, and the qualities and architecture of music stayed with me as I made the transition to visual art. I’ve always been attracted to the geometry of music and the way that the architecture of music feels simultaneously tightly composed and loosely improvised.

Each piece focuses on one shape or unit as its subject which is then repeated in different configurations as the piece grows. The way that the units layer and form other compound shapes mimic the way a fugue’s subject is transposed, inverted, and folded into itself. I use repetition not so much as a compositional device, but more as a way to explore and develop the possibilities of the unit. Or, to borrow Glenn Gould’s description of Bach’s late fugues, to give the impression of an infinitely expanding universe.â€

In my work, geometry has always been a way to give structure to color - a way to provide an architectural scaffold from which color relationships and the works final form are generated."

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