Strings of dots are the basic building blocks of the Matrix expression.
The term Matricism, developed by the artist Christian Seidler derives from Pointillism, a neo-impressionist painting style invented by French painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886. Using three individual components of color—value, intensity and hue—matricism involves multiple elements of a design that fuse into a cohesive visual statement.
Matricism’s root word is matrix, which means:
Something written or from which something else originates, develops or takes form.
In this post, we want to help you further understand matricism, and then we’ll compare it to pointillism.
First, let’s compare matricism to another art form: music.
This is what Christian says about his process on his website, Matricism.com:
“We [artists] fused verbal expressions with mathematical expressions or equations into a written form. We “score” color like a composer scores his music with notes on lines indicating audible tones.”
In music, notes are first heard in a musician’s head and then displayed on sheet music to be shared with the public. The composition becomes a formula that when played by anyone, creates the same sounds the composer had in mind.
3 music notes together make one chord. When this chord is played, your ear is “tricked” into hearing one sound. It has to listen more closely to hear the individual three notes that make up the chord.
The same rules apply to your basic color combinations:
Blending yellow with blue makes green.
Blending red with blue = purple.
Red and yellow = orange and so on.
Similarly, in pointillism dots of color are placed directly next to each other to “trick” the eye into seeing one color.
A yellow dot placed next to a blue dot looks green, for example. Placing dots of color next to each other, instead of blending them on the palette first, and then applying to the canvas, results in more vivid colors. Not to mention more texture and depth for the overall painting.
More depth and texture? Now we’re getting closer to clarifying the difference between pointillism and matricism.
Evidence of the Unseen
Where pointillism helps the eye to see vibrant color and movement, matricism helps the eye to see the unseen movement—or energy-- that exists around us. Christian displays the movement of this energy throughout his images, which give the paintings even more depth and layers, as well as display evidence of what is missed with the human eye.
You could almost say Christian helps us to see the composition of matter-atoms, molecules, and other forms of energy, kind of like those dust spots that show up in photographs.
On his website matricism.com, he says: “After painting objects all my life, I could now paint ideas about love and fear, forces like the wind, or the effects of a bullet ripping through the air. I could create complex statements about the cycle of life and death, or in the process of learning and invention. This was a very new world for me in the last 20 years it has also become for students around the globe.”
Pointillism vs. Matricism: an example
In George Seurat’s painting The Circus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Circus_(Seurat)), or Le Cirque, to give it its proper French name, there is movement in the painting: the live action of the clowns, the female dancer balancing on the horse’s back, even the excitement of the crowd can be felt and seen.
In the below image, there is movement too. There is a movement of light above and toward the figures, and they are reaching for it. Christian used 9 matrix layers to create this Five Megans (also called A Gathering of Angels) where he focused on the atmospheric movement through patterns of texture. His desire was to give substance to the presence of God, (the ball of light) while saying something about the child within us that comes to know and love Him.
The Goal of Every Artist
Perhaps the goal of any artist is to come up with new and original ideas that help our eyes see the world a little brighter, and to help us see and understand what the shapes and angles, forms and patterns mean, and that the details are just as important as the end result, (and no more important than the big picture).
Art becomes science when a technique or formula is developed for another artist to recreate the same technique, just like a musical score.
Matricism is a process of layered decisions: decisions of color, values, intensity and hue. Thus, Matricism can more accurately be defined as the technique used when programs or formulas are developed to create a desired visual statement. It’s the next level. If you will, matricism picked up where pointillism left off.
Do you agree?
View Christian’s Pointillism gallery: http://www.christianseidler.com/pointillism-gallery/
View gallery of Christian’s Matricism in Steps:
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Not only is Christian Seidler the developer of Matricism, he is an accomplished and highly sought after portrait painter. Over the years, he has built a sizable body of work that ranges from portraiture to Realism and Matricism. His master works are nothing short of amazing. For information on buying or consigning, ChristianSeidler.com.