Glass Domes by Soler

. . . Spot Light Corner: Soler's Glass Domes

This entry was initiated by a daily series that was displayed by Tad (AKA Soler) in the FractaList group. Each post was one of Soler's best 10 by the artist's own choice. It is not an easy task to select from Soler's huge collections of fractal picture that includes about 9,000 works!

I am a great fond of Tad's works ever since I first saw his amazing collection on the web. Or maybe I will better say: ever since he has done ca 3,000 fractals :-) So I was following Tad's work closely in the last years, enjoying the everlasting gallery of colors and shapes.

But alas, what can I do - people differ, tastes differ. When I am inspecting an art work for appraisal I look at it differently then as an art lover. There are good pictures of two categories for me: good pictures that I like more and good pictures that I like less (to say it politely:-) I don't need to love an art work in order to determine its quality and value as best - I only need to like it if it is intended to be a wallpaper on my desktop.

So of the enormous assembly of 9000 pictures it is not surprising that I and Tad do like different works of Tad's collection.
I have asked Tad's permission to present "Soler's 10 of the best series" as chosen by Jo:)" which was graciously granted. The following text was also published in a series of daily posts in the FractaList group, and it is given here as is.

So I will start right now. I will comment on each work and explain why I had chosen it. Though one clarification first: it is not the best 10 - it is 10 of the best. These best 10 could be a total different collection had I chosen it on another time in another mood. Any way they will be indeed of the best Tad's had created (IMO, of course) and I am sure you will enjoy them.

I will not post the picture in any order - just one of the best - any one of them. The numbers I put are only serial for identification and to keep count:)

Picture number 1: Glass Domes (Tiera-Zon 448).

This is a brilliant piece of Newtonian flowers. This topic is so dull, that I will usually not pay attention to it except in very rare cases. In this instance it was the opposite - it took me a few seconds to see the Newtonian floral chains, I was hypnotized by the background. So this is the first reason for selecting this work.

Now look at the overall composition of the picture: It has 3 arms of the Newton chains: one horizontal, one left inclined diagonal throughout the entire height and the last small diagonal to the right. This is a classic formation of a picture: the horizontal line giving stability, the diagonals dynamic feeling. All three together are forming a frame, much like a window frame, through which you are looking out.

The window has two glasses: left and right - and both sides are actually vitrages of stained glass. So I now come to the most impressive point of this work, and the main reason it was chosen for: the back light transparencies of the stained glass windows.
One of the best versions available for this effect!

You have sure noticed, that the left vitrage is much brighter then the right one: this coloring differences is responsible to creating varied field depths on the z axis: the left window is closer to us while the right one is further away (due to its darker tones).

Now look at the Newtonian chains - the window's frames - they are actually floating out of the picture and over the background vitrages! The lack of antialiasing in sufficient amount is responsible for the gentle noise on the tendrils of the Newtonian chains. This noise is a big help in forming the floating effect.

The floral motif itself is very beautiful, with rainbow of concentric colors, radiating all around. Notice the biggest "petals" of the biggest flower in the bottom right. Looking through them they form magnifying glasses, and the colors of the background vitrages are here blurred and intensified.

The left line spiral of the vitrage is small at the base and enlarged at the top. It is sharp at the base and blurred at the top. This construction is typical to the ceiling perspective, as if you are standing on the floor, looking up on the dome ceiling coming over your head.

The right vitrage repeats same effects, with one addition: a red lightning arrow that continues throughout the whole height of the picture, like a light from above tearing the space.

So taking all in all into account it is no wonder that I titled this work: Newton's cathedral.

Well, titles are as well guarded by artists as the pictures themselves. To my title suggestion Tad responded:
Yes, I like your title, but the background reminds me more of gothic groin vaulting than of stained glass, at least in terms of shape (as opposed to color).
Maybe we could compromise on glass domes?

I wholeheartedly agreed with Tad, and so it is from now on: "Glass Domes" :-)

Dr. Joseph Trotsky The curator
February 2000

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