lewis desoto

Memorium Series
Memory of space is examined in the series of works, Memorium. The works are created in a computer without external imagery as a source image; they may be said to be drawn or painted. Each piece represents a house or space in which the artist lived. Walls and arrangements of rooms are constructed by memory and placed in a color field. Colors propose emotional space. In some cases, lines are phantom-like in their presence becoming visible at only certain angles. The shapes of the houses and space are created from memory; therefore their relationships are based on perceptions and impressions from experience rather than measurement. The artist states, "Within these images is a desire to remember and simultaneously forget what has happened there."

Passion Trace
This work traces the origin points and historical meeting places of the artist's intimate relationships. Arcs are drawn using computer software overlaid on a now invisible map of the world. Luminous colors are obscured and revealed; the many layers within the work portray personalities and time plotted in space.

KLS Series
Klingsor's Last Summer (Klingsors letzter Sommer) is a novella by Hermann Hesse, written in 1920. It follows the life of this German painter in Switzerland following the finish of the Great War and traces his life and passions up to his death. I have ritualistically read this novella almost every summer. As the years have passed, my interpretations of the meanings have shifted; what seemed an engagement of the visual and a passion for living has evolved into a preeminence of death. I have traced the colors described in each chapter of this story, starting from the center outward. The colors are found by entering their description into an internet search program. The subsequent pictures are entered into an imaging processing program and sampled. These samples make a palette of colors that are used to make each subsequent color ring or disk in the visual works. This way an overview of the chromatic texture of each chapter becomes evident and changes how I relate to this influential story.
— Lewis deSoto

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