Point of Abstraction

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Project by S4S posted 02-13-2011 08:28 AM 3452 views 12 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The spacing of the characters and the colors ( or absence thereof ) of this work are intended. When viewed at 90 degrees from a distance it has attraction in it’s curiosity of pattern,..closer, there is character recognition and depth is provided . No two ‘fish’ are alike . The diversity within the group tend to hold the eye (even subliminally) as it naturally compares the divergence , and hopefully leads to some further consideration and feelings about the work. At 45 degrees , and slightly more oblique angles , the Abstraction is pronounced, and within it are several suggestion of scenes ,( especially when viewed in ambient light with back-lighting ).The work deconstructs nicely towards the zero axis. I am satisfied with this little optical exercise. It would show better at 2x. The abstraction is fluid for those who wish to linger and gaze , And the ‘implied movement’ of the piece is mildly interactive for those casually passing by. Title: Point of Abstraction ; Artist : Moment ; date:2011

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 10:27 AM

length…....44 inches
width….....17 inches
depth…..... 3 inches

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 12:01 PM

fascinating to look at, you are right.
Very cool .. looking forward to the zebras as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 03:56 PM

I like that the fish are all different. Nice colors.

The mounting board leaves me wanting to see other options. The shape is plain and distracting.

I get the blue ocean color even though it doesn’t compliment the color of the fish.

I’m trying to think of some ideas….what if it looked like waves on top with white caps?
or a wavy sandy bottom with shells and the fish floating above? too much….

Maybe no visible mount at all. That would be interesting to see.

Nice work.

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 04:53 PM

Very cool. I will send you my info to send,,, LOL Well done…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 06:24 PM

Fascinating. Kept me looking for quite a while. Well devised and constructed.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 07:20 PM


Very interesting, good color, patterns, flow…............Super…................

I think you could experiment with so many variations on this.
A slight arc, oval,to the main shape, different size fish, different depths to the fish, and so on.
I wouldn’t change a thing on this one though, it’s beautiful. Just thinking of possibilities…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 08:43 PM

i really like this, thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 10:17 PM

Thanks MsDebbieP, You are simply the best !

Hi Reedwood , I think your idea about the waves sounds neat . The Blue and Black color will ‘merge’ and become the same when concentrating on the abstraction . Keep focusing on those Yellow Lines . You may begin to see a ‘Forest of trees’ , Steep faced canyon cliffs….etc .

Hi Ken , I was so afraid you would not like my work , you have such discriminating tastes !

Thanks mtnwild , Yes there are a lot of fun possibilities to consider. I always enjoy your carvings !

Thanks Candyman , You know a little bit about optics ! I don’t have enough adjectives or space to describe how exquisite your work is .

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#9 posted 02-13-2011 10:43 PM

Thanks Mike ! I used to cut plywood the same way you do when i started out.

Good luck with your shop , have fun .

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#10 posted 02-14-2011 12:26 AM

That’s very cool.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 02-14-2011 01:11 AM

Thank You Sir . If i were not so busy, i would consider coming over and cleaning up your shop,waxing your car, taking out the trash …etc….....just to watch you carve for awhile . thanks dan

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 03:43 AM

thanks barbs , you do beautiful work !

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 04:15 AM

;-) ..say, about that signature line. I’m curious, is that your rainy-day philosophy because you are dodging puddles?


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#14 posted 02-14-2011 05:29 AM

Very nice, love the colors

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 06:00 AM

Barbs, dodging puddles….of course. thats it. I was wondering myself. very cool.

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