By Matthew Thomas (Mattomica)


Reviewed by Minnie Stacey

Kaloseidos is a series of 12 photographs about flowers and can be viewed on the web at the address at the end of this article. It was designed using the Fibonacci sequence and I would recommend that you take a look.

In the introduction to his artwork Matthew Thomas refers to nature’s ever present set of Fibonacci numbers and that these have been applied, for example, in computer algorithms for search techniques. DOS, the last three letters of the work’s title, is an acronym for Disc Operating System.

Conceived by a combination of science and art, Matthew aimed for a sense of ‘controlled chaos’, building his designs using the Fibonacci ‘code of life’ which can be described as: past + present = future. There’s beauty in the circular breadth of Kaloseidos. I viewed its scope from my laptop.

Without needing to know any formulas, you can see the fullness of these flower formations because Fibonacci numbers are a part of us too. There’s an implicit symmetry in the comprehensive design of Kaloseidos, it reveals a 3-dimensional presence and is round with flow. Light is invisible until it hits something and here pigments leap on its springs.

The pictures are full of movement, yet stay still at the same time. The essence of their fabric splits from my flat screen and Kaloseidos is in two places. It’s a set of pictures and a something my imagination’s picked. Like mirror neurons and mirroring, Matthew’s Fibonacci reflectors are built on mirrors.

Both stark and lush, Kaloseidos is perfectly stunning. The poppies and red and white daisy-type towers look like they go on forever, and keep coming in time. All the flowers in the pictures celebrate their own existence as shining halo-blooms.

A sunny pumpkin smash, Kaloseidos is photon-genic – wave-particle flash-splashed and luminous with splendour. It’s definitely about being alive and sharing the magic stuff of glossy membranes.

Everyone will have their own perspective on this striking display of Matthew’s work, and I’ve written a line about what I saw in each photograph below:

Photo number one: Circular with the substance of Irises, these are flowers that leak with the eyes of food.

Photo number two: A dancing crown which has the clarions of art turning on a star.

Photo number three: The reach of these fish-like fuchsias slips with fingers.

Photo number four: The flexing rods of these blue flowers have eyelash fur as they bend and seem to look around and about an orb with lively audacity.

Photo number five: These unblinking towers are the licks of a magic fire that doesn’t burn or brand, zoomed up on Chinese festival-dragon eyes.

Photo number six: The tendrils of this cheeky ‘seed’ suspend themselves by sucking in sunlight.

Photo number seven: This must be a fragrant heart, the lilac tropic of a trope with links.

Photo number eight: Here, salmon petal-cones of fruited sight form a garland that reveals a mushroom button - the electric jump that’s in us all.

Photo number nine: These verdant foils of pink and black have the glow - the ‘Here I am!’ - of the biosphere’s belly-smile.

Photo number ten: These fabulous orchids are butterflied on the flight of honeyed number-sex.

Photo number eleven: Looking from stacks of saucers, these poppies are courageous as a power of eyes - a peek that will cry in an oxygen burn.

Photo number twelve: This white petal swirl is a spiral spine, an event horizon that cares for joy with a windmill of movement.

Matthew Thomas is a traditionally trained artist utilising the latest new media technologies to create imagery. Together with Kaloseidos, his creativity can be viewed at: www.mattomica.viewbook.com

Twitter: @minniestacey

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