The Artist is Present
What you are seeing when you look at a Termesphere painting is an optical illusion, an inside-out view of the total world around you on the outside surface of a hanging and rotating sphere.
Each painting is a revolving three-dimensional space/time exploration of an entirely closed universe, meaning that what you see, rotating in front of you, is one complete world or environment.
Termespheres capture the up, down, and all around visual world from one revolving point in space. In order for the image to read correctly to the viewer, the artist had to create an entirely new system of perspective.
"Six-point-perspective" allows an image painted on a convex surface to appear concave to the human eye and allows the artist to capture the total visual space of an environment on one spherical canvas.
"The show last year was ending, so I raced to the gallery, and I'm glad I did. What a fantastic show! Dick's work is wonderful, and what a bonus to meet him as well. I’m thrilled he's coming back, and I’ll spread the word!" ~Sloane Perroots
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Dick Termes discovered "Six-point-perspective" and began creating his first Termespheres in 1968. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and has been a professional working artist ever since. He has dedicated over 50 years of life to the art of capturing total worlds on a sphere. As a result, Termes’s work has been recognized and exhibited internationally. His piece “The Big Bang” was featured on the cover of the French edition of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
Acknowledging the influence of M.C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller in his work, Termes speaks about the interconnection between math, science and art.
Seeing a picture of a "Termesphere" is not at all the same as standing among dozens of suspended spheres rotated by small motors. Books, drawings, and articles on display at the gallery lend to the explanation of what a Termesphere is.