18 November 2009

Difficult Motif: Spiral





(Can anyone set me straight on the plural of 'motif'?)
Anyway- some motifs /emblems etc are difficult- too many associations,
 some are irredemable.
(is that a word? my spell check doesn't like it)
So, Im going to present a series of Difficult Motifs.

Spirals. 
If you can pull off a spiral,
 -a non-ironic, non-cynical one-
 well,  you've really got some élan, some éclat, some chutzpah.
1. roman? bronze
2.Calder. the model is great. Are the earrings good?  Im not sure. 
They are gutsy, and playful, yes- but maybe too much? please opine.
3. Jensen. Scando-folk vibe. Note reluctance to just have a spiral alone;
 evidently it was felt that balls were needed. 
4. (?) ancient... dynamic line is effective, (thick to thin) and the 
square profile too. as I understand it, ancient wire was not extruded
 through steel drawplates as it is today, but chiselled out of sheet as a 
strip that was then rolled between stone plates to round. This might
 explain the square profile? but then, it looks so laterally neat, extrudey.

3 comments:

  1. a. yes, spelled 'motifs'
    b. irredeemable (two ees in the middle)

    2. not sure about the Calder earrings: like the individual long flat spirals, make me think of fern fronds; but the overall effect seems more like a mobile than an earring.

    Rachel

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  2. thansk anonymous Rachel!
    Yeah- fern fronds... I have a post to do on them...soon

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  3. Yep, spirals are tricky things. How to shake those cheesy hypnotist connotations?
    Number 4 is my favorite of these pics - the squareness and slight twist do it - a bit of mobius strip-type infinity.
    Wouldn't want to play netball in the Calder earrings.
    Louise Bourgeois made and drew some great spirals, I reckon.

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