As such, axonometry can look anomalous to untrained eyes--disorienting because it takes the flatness of the drawing surface too literally.
Simpson's axonometry is more intuitive than technical, a personal but diligent system.
Thus Corrugated Drawing--like its cardboard peers and many sculptures after it--literalizes the terms of Simpson's preceding works on paper, realizing in three dimensions the shallow space constituted by the obliquely angled, parallel lineation of axonometry.
It is not difficult to see that these connected figures present the parallelepiped ABCD [A.sub.1][B.sub.1][C.sub.1][D.sub.1] in an arbitrary axonometry (Figure 6.7) and in perspective (Figure 6.8).
Moving the free points [U.sub.[infinity]] and [V.sub.[infinity]] in Figures 6.7, 6.9 changes the parameters of the axonometry. Moving the free points U and V in Figures 6.8, 6.10 changes the observer's position.
"just as axonometric projection eliminates every fixed, unique viewpoint," writes Yve-Alain Bois in his essay "Metamorphoses of Axonometry" (1981/1983), "so it has been used throughout history in a multiple, contradictory fashion."Sofie Thorsen's recent work evokes parallel complexity, exploring axonometry through wall drawings and panels in a series of "Screens Within Screens," 2014.
Axonometry was a revelation for modernist artists such as El Lissitzky because it transformed the way three-dimensional space could be translated onto a two-dimensional ground, placing infinity at the center of geometric projection, rather than at a vanishing point.
Such gestures recall the dizzying axonometry
of El Lissitzky's publications, but if Lissitzky revealed the inescapably ideological nature of form while disrupting traditional readerly and perspectival orientation (as Yve-Alain Bois has shown) with distinctly revolutionary aims, Yokoo's psychedelic rotations take on a different valence.