D E B R A J A N B I B E L
Here is the image of the painting Corcovado View. We see the buildings
immediately. The colors are arbitrary, the whim of the artist,
instead of the actual white, cream, and gray hues. The painting
If the painting is placed on its side, the image becomes
abstract with two zones along a slight diagonal. The buildings
are no longer distinct, becoming blocks of something else, perhaps stacks of machinery. We
are not accustomed to this orientation.
Consider this section of the painting seen below:
perspective and the image to the right emphasize the abstract quality of the city
paintings. The colors and the elemental geometry of rectangles
and parallelograms offer mental play.
A return to the normal view can now be examined with the
added consideration of their being merely painted geometric forms upon
When the image is turned upside down, we have a stalactite
arrangement. Those of us who are Sci-Fi film fans have seen
something similar in spaceships and the Star Wars Death Star.
There is no up and down in space; it is relative to a center of
gravity. Seen by a telescope from the northern hemisphere of the
moon and beyond, the buildings of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
are a little like this.