“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key…” Although these words were formulated in 1939 by Winston Churchill to characterize Russia’s unpredictability, they just as aptly describe the spirit of Brian Dailey’s current Riddles series and the helical journeys on which they embark. Leveraging his past experiences in intelligence systems and programs (focusing, ironically, on Russia), the artist composed poetic riddles embedded with symbolism and multifaceted meanings. He then “wrapped” them in ciphers that serve both as an art form and as the key to unraveling the conundrum he has constructed.
The spiral constellations into which these multi-colored ciphers have been positioned create captivating abstract compositions inviting the viewer to decode the complex riddles underlying the seemingly simple forms. Visually mesmerizing and conceptually engaging, the cascading spirals of ciphers and the encoded riddles evoke the circuitous paths of global modernities. When decrypted, the riddle poems reveal the artist’s insights about contemporary social and political issues gleaned though his experiences.