What do architecture and art have to do with each other? φ Phi! That’s right, the golden mean and the Fibonacci sequence, both based on the ratio of 1.618. These terms have a long history. Euclid (c.325–c. 265 BC) wrote in his Elements the first written definition in ancient Greece, but Phidias (490–430 BC) “made the Parthenon statues that seem to embody the golden ratio;” according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio. Throughout modern history in math and science, this ratio has been important pillar. Now with the foundation of art being replaced with “conceptual”, what was once common knowledge is being rediscovered. Renaissance painters and sculptors were educated in the basic foundations of realism, which was inspired by Classic Greek art forms. Speaking for myself, as being one who is methodical in my process, the “why” of beauty must be defined by more that just the theory of aesthetics. Mathmatical theory laid on a foundation proven in reality gives witness to its relevance in art.
Last month, I was honored to meet local artist, Andrew Kochi, of Arlington, Texas. His minimalist works use color and the ratio of the golden mean to communicate beauty and intrigue. Kochie’s use of color is skilled as optical illusions of space and depth are created; one could mistake the precision to graphic art if not for solid wooden panels he also built.
He has an interesting story. His creative interest comes out of a background of violin making. He uses diverse finishes learned in this occupation. Shellac, oil over acrylic, and alumimum paint to create optical illusions are just a few of the unusual ingredients in his artwork. The steady hand and eye that once created delicate melodies in wood is now transitioned to making artwork of another kind, but that which is just as finessed and enjoyable to experience.
From his borders to his minimalist lines, his purpose is led by the golden mean ratio, which gives the body of work a reverberating beauty.
Check out his site: Andrew Kochie Art