|Tuesday, October 22, 2002|
Ted Randall's Ceramics in the Information Age
What is it about the items in relief on the side of Ted Randall's later work that remind me of Cuneiforms, or Mayan Glyphs?
While to me their shapes have an historical reference to abstract work such as, Matisse's paper cut outs or some of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture, the way they have been placed in a grid and the repeat of shapes remind me of data.
Further, because they are not merely scratched on the surface, but are objects that have been placed within a matrix, this suggest they are discreet units of information that are organized into a more complex meaning. (They also suggests the very buttons used for data input.)
Finallly, because the number of shapes seems finite and few, or perhaps it is the components of each shape seem few in number (a hole, an angle cut out, a split, etc...) they seem to be composed of an alphabet of less than 26 characters, something more a kin to a base 10 schemea. Information stored in a simplified form.
Has anyone tried to decipher one?