William Weidner

/William Weidner
William Weidner 2018-08-24T15:53:42+00:00

William Weidner

Begun around 14 years ago, The Golden Section Series now numbers well over 40 pieces. The earliest pieces of this series were oils on canvas. Realizing how it was my intention to keep the paint application as flat as possible, using only opaque shapes with no evidence of brushstrokes, I soon shifted over to acrylic on illustration board as a more suitable media.

With only a few rare exceptions, this series is characterized by lack of negative space. That is, every positive shape shares the edge of another positive shape. I faithfully employ the ratio of 1:1.618 throughout each piece with all of the rectilinear and curvilinear edges of shapes. To me this “limitation” is no more limiting than the 12 notes in western music which then simply repeat in higher or lower octaves. It gives me a framework within which to express myself creatively with a new inventive visual language. Or at least as I see it, my own application of this ratio which was first inventive by the Greeks and later adopted by the Romans. It is believed to be a mathematical method of describing the beauty in nature and can in fact be seen in all kinds of natural forms. It is probably most easily recognized in forms such as shells, galaxies, fish and birds. It is also believed to be a method for constructing the most perfect and aesthetically pleasing rectangle, where one side is the proportional equivalent of 1 and the other of 1.618. As such, it shows up in all kinds of architecture and other manmade objects. Below are a sequence of numbers that match this ratio.

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 44, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610.

Once you get past the first few numbers, very quickly thereafter the ratio from one number to the next in the sequence becomes more and more precisely 1:1.618. For example, 144 divided by 89 equals 1.6179. And 610 divided by 377 equals 1.6180.

In a work of art, when the numbers are kept in the visual sequence shown above, visually harmony and beauty is suggested. However, harmony alone has never been the only necessary ingredient in a work of art. Art also requires contrast. I believe this second main ingredient is achieve through the relationship of numbers that are out of sequence. For example, 44 next to 144. Just the right balance between harmony and contrast is what I strive for.

I hope this short description helps at least a little as you take in the language of these paintings.

Post Hospital Gold

Acrylic on Illustrator Board

13.5 x 19.5"

Internal Plumbing

Oil on canvas

52 x 32"

Sheboygan #67

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40.5"