Pointillism (Dot Art)
    Matthew Dunham

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    It has been around for 3,000 years in India being done by women in paint, rice, powder and chalk on the sidewalks and on fabric. It became the trademark of  Georges Seurat’s painting style in the late 19th century (above “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” 1884). It exploded as the most recognized style of comic art in the United States in the mid 20th Century by Roy Lichtenstein (above “M-Maybe” 1964). And it is a drawing style used by architects and designers called stippling or, according the the Wall Street Journal, Hedcut.

    This century old pointillism explores the geometry of circles, not so much as the expression of circles but of placing geometry on a surface. Crop circles could be a large scape version of pointillism. One could even say computers use pointillism through their need for: nodes, points, clicks,  X/Y/Z coordinates, and connections between computer generated data (mathematical software code through clicks on a mouse and and computer generated results). Is it not just clicking with a mouse? Same as dots on a sidewalk?

    Peter states “parametric design technology involving simple constraints and geometry with complex and intriguing outcomes”. The familiarization to this project is that while the geometry of the circle never changes (stays the same size), the placement and clustering becomes channels dictated by the end result. The colors, amount of white space, medium and outcome all become tools and constraints the artist works with.


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