“We cannot speak other than by our paintings.”
(Vincent van Gogh)
2022.04.25 MIT Graduate Arts Showcase
Represents the observables in our surroundings ranging from the sub-atomic to the super massive. The range scales up from the center of the canvas to the exterior with each square-unit incrementing according to the Fibonacci sequence, a pattern that is intrinsic to many phenomenon in nature.
The canvas is filled with depictions of this range: from sub-atomic particles –> atomic structure –> molecular dynamics –> cellular dynamics –> multicellular interactions in neurons –> neuronal interactions in the human brain (left lobe vs right lobe) –> the day-to-day human viewpoint on Earth –> planetary objects in a solar system –> galactic plane –> super-massive black holes.
C’est craft, oui-huh!
C’est artists, oui-huh!
“What is it that’s taken hold of me, for me to carry on like this in relentless pursuit of something beyond my powers?”
“Monet was riddled with frustration and self-doubt as he worked on this series. In April 1893, shortly before returning home to Giverny, he lamented: ‘It’s a stubborn encrustation of colors, that’s all, but it’s not painting…’ Close examination of Monet’s cathedral canvases makes evident the artist’s protracted labor. His layering of paint-often beginning with a foundation of neutrals, over which the color effects are achieved-contrasts with the flickering immediacy and bravura of the earlier works.”
(from Monet and Boston at the MFA Boston)