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Title : Blue Nickel
Media : Nickel (110)

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Uninterrupted periodicities can be visually exciting. Consider the tessellations created by the Moors or those of Escher. But for an unreconstructed fcc (110) surface, the rectangular surface unit cell is just plain boring. This boredom launched the artist into his "blue period", a time during which he found relief by turning the blue- knob-thing on the computer.
[Don Eigler]


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Title : Blue Platinum
Media : Platinum (111)

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Late in his "blue period" the artist became entranced by three-fold symmetries, the textures created by instrument noise, and the gentle play of light and shadow at bridge sites. Here we see what undoubtedly must be considered the epitome of his "blue period."
[Don Eigler]