"We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it."--Picasso
A few weeks ago I stumbled across some of Picasso's sketchbook drawings. According to biographer John Richardson, in the summer of 1924, “The splendor of the meridonal sky . . . inspired Picasso to create his own constellations: ink dots connected by fine pen lines that turn the zodiac into guitars and mandolins and the crotchen-dotted staves of musical scores.” (http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2013/03/pablos-wireframes-architecture-of.html)
While the simplicity of the black and white forms appealed to me, I thought it would be a fun exercise to connect the dots with color. The four images below are what resulted.
"In 1928, Picasso created four maquettes for a memorial to his late friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. It's as if he's lifted his constellations off the page - lines into iron wire and dots into small bits of steel plate - and willed them into the third dimension. The fleshy materiality of traditional sculpture, of brass and marble, is dissolved. Picasso creates a pure 3-D geometry, form scrubbed clean of content." (http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2013/03/pablos-wireframes-architecture-of.html)
I have no plans to make wire sculptures, but I am enthralled with these four pieces. It is easy to imagine how changing one's perspective changes the composition. They also reinforcesthe cubist notion of simultaneity for me, since all compositions exist at the same time.
Cheryl Hicks is a writer and an artist. She is happiest when she can combine the two pursuits.