Approximately Φ

Acrylic and Gouache on Lack Coffee Table, 90x55 cm
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table, 90×55 cm

 

Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.

The mathematics of the golden ratio [phi (ɸ) ~1.61803399] and of the Fibonacci sequence [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, …] are intimately interconnected.

At 90 x 55 cm, the dimensions of the Ikea Lack Coffee Table are close to two consecutive terms of the Fibonacci series, and give a ratio of 1.63636363636 which is only 0.01832964761 or 1.1328% more than phi. Our coffee table was in need of refurbishment and so I painted it with this exaggerated approximation of the fibonacci series / golden ratio spiral.

 

 

There Once Was Sky (Under Construction)

Over the last few years the landscape around our neighborhood has changed as more and more of the older buildings are replaced with luxury apartment blocks.

A neighbor behind us had a two storey house where they kept chickens on their rooftop under a grapevine.

There was sky
There was sky. Photograph.

In 2014 they and others in the street sold to developers and their houses were demolished to make way for new construction.
Concrete foundations for the new building were poured and then demolished again. Rising five floors above the second foundation the new apartment construction took about two years.

Under construction
New neighboring apartment building under construction, photograph

The new monstrosity now blocks our view of the city, hills, afternoon sun and sky.

This painting series aims to capture that there once was sky.

There once was sky, under construction.
There once was sky (under construction). Gouache on canvas board, 30x40cm.