Reliefs are an attractive form. Sculptural but not. My tutor at university called them ‘two and a half D’ in a faintly disparaging manner. I guess they’re something other, a projection of the truly three dimensional into a two dimensional form.
Since the exhibition in Yorkshire I have taken a short break from the large magnetic installations to work on something different. Familiar themes of geometry/order and the random/chaotic but evolutions.
Ninety-nine Corners Turned  Polished Aluminium on board, 300mm x 300mm
This relief was a development from something I did several years ago. That was a smaller piece, with only 36 white elements. I used small, angled pieces of polished aluminium. I expected them to be optically active and the results exceeded my expectations. The piece came alive in sunlight. The reflections and shadows were something special.
Three Standing Circles  Coloured Perspex on board, 300mm x 300mm
This composition occured to me when I was looking through some old photographs of stone circles. I had a couple of summers travelling around Britain taking hundreds of pictures for ‘joiners’. Inspired by David Hockney’s photocollages from the 1980s.
1. Stonehenge  Photocollage, 1000mm x 1000mm 2. Boscowen-un  Photocollage, 600mm x 500mm
The circle shape inspired me to make a relief composed of three concentric rings of coloured perspex elements. Again, I had anticipated reflection and shadow but the coloured shadows cast by the transparent pieces were particularly engaging.
I have already sold the first work and am producing more work. This is a rich seam and I am inclined to dig a bit deeper.