illustration

oblique strategies

In the early 70s, musician Brian Eno collaborated with artist Peter Schmidt to create a series of oracle cards intended to aid in overcoming creative blocks. With opaque statements like "honor thy error as hidden intention," a card is drawn at random and the direction is followed according to the user's own interpretation. Using only geometric shapes overlaid with scans from vintage physics and math books, this series of illustrations is my visualization of some of the select directives from the original deck.

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"A very small object—its center"

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"Cut a vital connection"

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"Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame"

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"You can only make one dot at a time"

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"Into the impossible"