SERIES |
Rational Wedges

2017 - Present | Numerically Relevant Pigments on Various Supports

This series of paintings uses richly pigmented paints and a systematized approach to create straightforward but complex open geometric forms (Rational Wedges) that outline numerical relationships from The Four Pillars.

Rational Wedge 81:72 (Blue) | Oil, Acrylic, and Chalk on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 81:72 (Blue)
Rational Wedge 7:4 (Diptych) | Oil, Enamelac, Acrylic Dispersion, and Graphite on Linen with Aluminum Armature
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 7:4 (Diptych)

The Rational Wedges present a straightforward but complex open geometric form that outlines a specific ratio from The Four Pillars. The diagonal wedge cuts across the surface of the work, bisecting the center-point and highlighting the selected ratio across multiple modalities. The inset edge in the works on fabric supports further complicates the geometry and serves to highlight the feeling of energy created by the wedge itself.

As I began working with the materials of painting, I became interested in how time could become an aspect of the static object. I took to notating the dates on which I worked on the painting, and became fascinated with the edge. Further, I began using chance operations to make decisions about the work (what color family is it a part of? What size is it? How is the edge marked? &c.). Those decisions provide a framework within-which to improvise with color, form, and texture, providing endless variation supported by the compositional concepts of The Four Pillars.


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Rational Wedge 6:2 (White) | Oil, Acrylic Dispersion, and Colored Pencil on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge  6:2 (White)
Rational Wedge 9:4 (Blank) | Acrylic and Graphite on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 9:4 (Blank)
Rational Wedge 9:4 (Found) | Oil on Plywood in Found Frame, Spraypaint
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge  9:4 (Found)
Rational Wedge 81:64 (Black) | Gesso, Acrylic, Natural Indigo, and Graphite on Shaped MDF
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 81:64 (Black)
Rational Wedge 11:4 (Black) | Oil and Graphite on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 11:4 (Black)
Rational Wedge 12:7 (Blue) | Oil, Acrylic Dispersion, and Graphite on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 12:7 (Blue)
Rational Wedge 21:28 (White) | Oil, Acrylic Dispersion, and Chalk on Linen
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge 21:28 (White)
Rational Wedge: 11:8 White | Gesso, Natural Indigo, Graphite, Varnish on Shaped MDF
Randy Gibson : Rational Wedge: 11:8 White