With Glowing Circles, the background is so intense due to the black pigment color that, in combination with the Hahnemühle William Turner paper, it gives the impression of a covering of fine velvet. Light that hits this background is completely swallowed up. The circles themselves are painted with “Piet Mondrian” white pigment paint, giving them a dimmed lightbulb effect.
This lack of light in the background, paired with the white circles, plays with the eye of the beholder in a confusing 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 it touches the two circles to whose diameter it contributes as part of the sum.