Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Just because I can.

Better get ready, you are in for a tough time. So, I’m posting a couple of Bridget Riley images to cheer you up – why?

Because there are quite a lot of hard figures coming up on this Blog. That’s right, hard figures, which come from figurin’ things out.

Hard figures are inconvenient things that governments tend to want to ignore. So, I’m going to be taking a look at the economics of merging NHS Trusts, which we are told will save money and result in better ‘patient outcomes’.
Better = bigger?

Bridget Riley came to mind because someone kind put a couple of her prints up on the wall of reception at radiotherapy, Charing Cross and it made a difference.

This is a 1960’s ‘Op-Art’ piece, Movement in squares. It would look better bigger, or would it?

Bridget Riley was a big deal in the 1960’s, these abstract images were part of the scene, some of the optical effects actually hurt to look at. All painstakingly done by hand and at some cost to her health, I think. If you go to Google images and google Bridget Riley, you’ll see what I mean.

In the 1970’s, the Two-Tone, ska movement in Britain, borrowed heavily from them too.

In the late 60’s, she paid a visit to Venice and described walking through St. Mark’s square after a rain shower and watching the reflections of the ornate tiles and buildings shimmering in the puddles. This produced an outbreak of colour that has lasted until today, although now she uses assistants to help her assemble the images.

This is ‘Shadowplay’, again better in big?

 Actually, her early images are often quite small and intimate and all the better for it.
This last one is just for the heck of it, I didn't get the title.

And now, just because I can, I've put this one in too;

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)   

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