A Door Must Be Either Open or Closed, 2002. A Print by Tom Marioni.Drypoint with aquatint printed in black and yellow, 17 x 11-1/2", edition 15.
The composition of this print is based on the Golden Rectangle, a mathematical ratio that was used by the ancient Greeks to build their temples and by the ancient Egyptians for the pyramids. It can also be found in the growth patterns of living things from seashells to human beings. In this case, the Golden Rectangle is described by the shape of a door left ajar. A door that is neither open nor closed can be a metaphor for the ever changing, unresolved nature of existence. Like many of Marioni's works, though, this print has a visual simplicity that belies the substance of its content.--Brendan Nakahara
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