Industrial Patterns, logging and fires
The cut block is an industrial pattern. These paintings show my tree planting work sites. I planted this cut block above Henderson Lake, Vancouver Island, in 1989. It is also an opening or a clearcut. To some it is an eyesore.
We also planted planted forestry blocks that were burned in the Canal Flats Fire. The Canadian photographer, Loraine Gilbert was on that crew. She photographed the landscape near our camp at 27k on the White Swan Main.January 22, 2014
There is a repeating pattern that forms along the edges and intersections of colors and shapes and lines that is a reflectaphor.
A reflectaphor is any creative device (including literature, such as metaphor, simile, pun, paradox or synecdoche) that relies for its effect on creating in the mind of its audience an unresolved tension between the differences and similarities of its terms. In other words, a reflectaphor excites a state of intense wondering, doubt and uncertainty- a sense of nuance. The repeated colour shapes in my brush marks pull out the reflectaphoric qualities of fractals. Fractals are figures that recur at progressively smaller scales, each part has the same characteristics as the whole. Fractals suggest both order and chaos.
Parts of that pattern combine with other similar but different parts to make a bigger similar pattern. It recurs in variations, providing a sense of unity and wholeness. Hokusai uses this pattern in the woodcut Waterfall at Yoshitsune.
I use this repeating pattern in the painting West Lake 2.January 19, 2014