Derek Cracco
The BrideStaring At The SunEtude 3BangBoomSun RiseJust Before The EclipseSparkle NovaNebulaIn the Morning of the MagicianCapriccio 5
Blinded 2013
In a nod to the French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat, who devised a painting method that consisted of creating an image from thousands of colored dots, I have created a series of intimate, detailed, pointillist-style paintings that focus on repetition and attention to detail into fields of flashes, stars and light. My influences range from astronomy to particle physics, shifting and oscillating between the macro and the micro, between the illusions of light in the works and the visual disruptions the images produce when viewed at close range. These works embody a nuanced understanding of color theory. In a lineage drawn from Viktor Vasarely, I combine the subtleties of color with both optics and illusion to create retinal images that work on multiple levels. The use of the field of single dots allows me to get to the aspects of the works that I find most interesting: color and light.