Michael Knutson | Paintings

The artist explains structure of WARPT COIL, 1999

"The drawing for the original image, a 19.5" x 27.5" watercolor, began as an irregular spiral, onto which I drew a lattice of triangles. This was then subdivided into hexagons and, further, into irregular quadrilaterals. Just as all of the lines tip off vertical and horizontal, all of the shapes are intentionally unique and eccentric. Both the tangent black and white and the three primary colors recur every third step along three axes. The resulting field can be read alternately as patterns of interlocked hexagons, cubes, stars, stairsteps, etc. Although I intend for these competing illusions to be difficult to grasp and hold onto, I thought it might be an instructive use of this site to isolate them. A slide of the painting was scanned into Photoshop, where the colors were made consistently intense. A copy was made, reduced in brightness and contrast, and laid over the original. I then "cut out" various patterns, exposing the intense colors of the layer beneath. Nine variant readings, set against the original, can be viewed by moving your mouse over the selections below. Both the original image and each selection links to a larger versions of the respective image." - Michael Knutson



Red Stairs

Red Yellow and Blue Stairs

Red Yellow and Blue Ribbons