Into Chaos

Into Chaos
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Inventory
Collection Number: 
17377
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1933-Current
Artist Nationality: 
British
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a color print of blue and red checkerboard squares of varying size centered around a solid red square in the center.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Plexi
Length: 
21 3/4 inches
Width: 
1 1/2 inches
Height: 
22 1/4 inches
Description: 

This print is essentially three squared sections within one another. The outermost section is made up of a fine blue and red checkerboard pattern, drawing into the middle section which has the same pattern enlarged four times. At the center is a solid red square, many times larger than those around it, that offers a quietness in the center of the dizzying commotion. Color theory and Optical Illusion Art psychology account for this effect and give substance to the work's title, "Into Chaos". The shapes created by like colors and size differentiation at the borders of each section confuse the mind, an effect that intensifies with proximity, but ceases in the pool of red at the center. Ian Tyson's work often explores the metaphorical power of illusion and abstraction in the mind through brightly-colored geometric compositions such as this one.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes