Fully Realized: Mystical Geometries and the Presence of Absence

Vincent Como, Mystical Geometries, Drawing Subscription

Mystical Geometries, 2011

Now whole and complete, Mystical Geometries, the first offering in the Drawing Subscription series, is available as a complete set to interested parties.  Because we all know how much it sucks to miss out on something awesome, the subscriptions are structured such that the # of subscribers who sign up between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31st of the previous year, + 5 additional pieces, comprise the final edition number.  The +5 become reserved as complete sets for after the year has run its course.  Mystical Geometries culminated as an edition of 12 and all of the works should now be in-hand for all of the subscribers.  Those who had the foresight to reserve complete sets will be getting theirs after the New Year – just to play it safe – because of the massive volume of mail at the end of the year.

Mystical Geometries was an exploration in mark-making and void. Presence and absence.  Inspired by Hermetic and Occult diagrams, particularly Robert Fludd’s black square etching representing the Prima Materia, as well as Tantric paintings done as exquisitely simple meditations on the world, these works were meant to explore both material and process through the simplicity of form.  Taking the obligatory black square of Malevich (and so many others now), this project unfolded over the course of the year as a square window into that flat-black void.  Attempting to pull back, fold or bend, peek around, and explore the peripheral areas of the contained system we have become so familiar with and finally, coming to accept its location firmly entrenched in the (w)hole of the viewing space.

Through the repetition of creating these, I worked out the aesthetic logistics of a larger series of works on linen which are coming along very nicely.  The project also provided a space for consideration, both in parallel to and reaction against the immediacy of the works, and evolved into the schematics for next year’s subscription as well as other larger scale projects.  The active meditation of making these works has provided an excellent space within my mind for the continued percolation of ideas and projects which I am truly looking forward to continuing with next year’s series Surface Disruption.

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