ALIEN SYMPHONY NO. 3 - How A Strange Face Materialized In Wood
Those eyes kept looking at me, until I realized that they had a face behind them.
At first, I did not recognize them. I saw only an annoying pair of knots in an otherwise perfect piece of wood. This piece of wood seemed to be an ideal size for a painting I had in mind. A few coats of thick primer paint would have erased those flaws forever.
The pair of knots, however, exerted an all-consuming power over me. I could NOT stop myself from seeing them as eyes. The more I studied them, the more I felt obligated to let them be what they most clearly were. I had little choice but to reveal the strange face behind them.
Alien Symphony No. 3, thus, was not a planned painting. It was a discovered painting. Familiar form already existed in the grain of the wood. I merely highlighted certain portions of the grain to bring out an obvious face.
I found the plank in my neighbor’s front yard, among the scraps he had accumulated from various construction projects. His scrap was my scaffolding. I listened to it. It told me what to do.
The resulting crude painting on wood required very little skill or refined technique. I added only a few additional elements to the already existing structure. The entire artwork consists of a minimum of lines and only a few colored areas (all in antique, metallic gold).
On the plank’s reverse side, I made a second painting related to the first. It consists of three antique gold circles, in a line, connecting to one another by crude bands. A string of symbols (colored muted rose) extends the length of the circles. These symbols are NOT from any known system of writing. I made them up to represent symbols from a world beyond Earth. Their meaning is a mystery.
Alien Symphony No. 3
Acrylics on wood
27” x 11 ½” x ¾”
Hail the strange music
of alien races,
songs not of this Earth
but of far distant spaces,
played by musicians
in many dimensions,
with superior brains
on complex inventions.