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Think of shapes in nature and one imagines the flowing, curling and organic, but if anyone saw the film π (Pi) back in the 90s, they’ll know that nature can be highly mathmatical. Look at the repetition of a snail’s shell. It holds the simple mathematical equation of a fractal. Fractals were first hit upon by the mathmatician Mandelbrot in the 1960s. They are geometric shapes that can be subdivided into parts, each of which is a reduced-size copy of the whole. And the human eye loves them.
Who would have thought maths could be beautiful?! Yet the mind enjoys geometric patterns for example fractals and symmetry – and repetition.
Repetition has several classic functions. It helps the viewer to keep looking and enjoying a work of art by establishing expectations of recurrence. So it’s comfortable to look at. It gives the viewer scope to imagine the design continuing indefinitely past the framing border. Repetition with some variation gives interest and a feeling of motion. For me, repetition gives a feeling of wonder, somewhat akin to the philosophical notion of the sublime.
The artist Andreas Gursky is a great proponent of repetition. When I saw his exhibition at the The Serpentine Gallery, London a few years back I stood transfixed in front of his enormous photographs.
- Gursky – 2006 May Day V
Gursky - 1998 Bundestag
And now you get treated to some of mine!
- Sunglasses at a German flea market
- A beach in Queensland, Australia
- My cousin Charlotte had the best wedding cake I’ve ever seen at her day. She cut it with a cutlass style sword! And yes, that is white chocolate.
That’s it for now. That’s it for now. (ok, it works better with visuals!)