Saturday, September 01, 2007

riddle

Copyright © 2007 Marco Alexandre de Oliveira

3 comments:

Charles 'Random' Roderick said...

Many mirror images however not all question marks mirror each other, thus symmetry is lost...I would reverse the top question mark facing down and to the right as down and to the left, and the middle right question marks as facing up and down from left to right. But a lovely work of art, even if you care nothing for symmetry and mirror images, which doesn't have a place in art anyways.

Marco Alexandre de Oliveira said...

Many thanks for your thought-provoking and even, if I may say so, “random” suggestions! I must confess that your comments surprised me and forced me to (re)submit the work to closer analysis and interpretation. I even considered the changes you recommended, but realized that such alterations would have drastically altered the structure and meaning …

“Riddle” was originally composed as part of a very “random” and inspired creative process that nonetheless evolved into a “pattern” as the visual poem took “shape.” Ultimately there is an order to the apparent disorder, hence the “riddle” of its form ... perhaps all questions always, in some form or other, reveal answers that lead to further questions ad infinitum?

As far as symmetry is concerned, I have always appreciated its relation to “beauty” or even the “divine,” and often attempt to incorporate it into my work. Symmetry is indeed exceptional, but only because it is an exception in Nature (and in turn the Arts), albeit a frequent and perhaps necessary one. Order arises from disorder in order to reorder the order of Disorder … maybe so, maybe not...

Anyway and / or anyhow, I found that for me there is something almost “sublime” in my discovery (via your feedback) of the asymmetrical symmetry (or is it symmetrical asymmetry?) of “Riddle,” in the fact that it mysteriously eludes one form of order yet simultaneously establishes an order (or orders) of its own …

Charles Roderick said...

Your explanation: "Order arises from disorder in order to reorder the order of Disorder" seems like you are saying that what we perceive only has order out of a disorder that our minds have reordered in order to order the disorder, which strikes me as very Kantian as in the First Critique. Bravo, now if only I could understand what the 'riddle' might mean. Still, I do find it a lovely visual poem. Thanks, Rui Carlos da Cunha