With Black Velvet, the black pigment color is so intense that, in combination with the Hahnemühle William Turner paper, it gives the impression of a covering made of fine velvet. Light that hits the circles is completely swallowed up. This “lack of light”, paired with the white areas between the circles, plays with the eye of the beholder in a titillating way.
The two smallest circles are arranged vertically one below the other and are touching. They are, so to speak, the origin of the picture, the big bang, or viewed from the other side, the black hole.
Starting from the first two, each circle touches exactly four neighboring circles: on the one hand it touches the two circles whose diameter sum is its diameter, and on the other hand touches the two circles to whose diameter it contributes as part of the sum.