I’m beginning a series of paintings of numbers using Pythagorean and Renaissance alchemical ideas about how numbers represent divine order. I have seven boxes that I have stretched canvas onto, now I’ll lay on plenty of Gesso to prepare them. Some of the pieces are going to be quite three dimensional, so I want to be sure to create a really solid ground for the paint and medium to hold onto.
I like the way these panels will push out from the wall, requiring the viewer’s interaction. I can use the sides of the pieces as much as the front if I choose to, inducing much neck twisting and investigation.
To the Pythagoreans, some numbers are representatives of the fingerprints of G-d on the universe, like Phi, Pi and the units. Pythagorean interpretations of these numbers explain the divine order of the cosmos.