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Giotto’s O
There is a story* that Giotto, when requested to provide evidence of his expertise by Pope Boniface XVIII, stopped what he was doing, dipped a brush into red paint and executed a perfect circle in one stroke. This is the kind of fable that could stop you in your tracks. I began to draw circles in silverpoint, but being imperfect, I continued to draw them right on top of each other and ended up with this:

Abstract Painting in Canada

Actually I made many of these…and later they became Spadina Circle.

Walking through UofT campus one day, singing, making “o” sounds with my mouth, I decided to record a sonic version of the impossibility of perfection.

*which I discovered by way of a footnote in an article by Julia Kristeva who quoted John Ruskin who in turn quoted Vasari!

 

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