Dancers From Chaos To Transcendental Action Paintings -- A Visual Autobiography
Eighteen years of creative exploration progressed from contemplating the threads of my individual existence to visualizing the fabric of all reality
"Fabric Of Existence"
The familiar phrase,"fabric of space and time", is a metaphor that compares the whole universe to a big piece of cloth. Cloth consists of threads, and threads weave together into sheets that fold into intricate layers. The fabric metaphor, thus, depends on the idea of solid strands that intertwine.
But is a liquid stream not a sort of strand too? -- a strand of fluid?
Is a wave front not a sheet? -- a sheet layered in different fluid densities?
Does a fluid not form cells with sheet-like, permeable membranes that agglomerate into greater sheets, which fold into complex dynamic entities? These are questions that arose over the course of eighteen years, during a period of intense introspection, when my dominant filter of perception was artistic, rather than scientific. What came out of these eighteen years was a collection of roughly thirteen artwork series, as illustrated by the following images:
Dancers From Chaos -- These quickly performed black-and-white paintings abbreviate human forms in motion.
The Omicron Series -- A series of brute human figure paintings suggests that anatomical boundaries mask the eternal truth about human existence.
Celestial Dancers -- Three acrylic paintings represent the idea that human bodies, heavenly bodies and writing systems all originate from the same fluid source.
Delta Dancing Series -- A single model, based on a human hair formation serves as a skeleton for six different pencil drawings of the same female figure.
Phase 1 Fluidism Painting -- Thick liquid acrylics run freely on planned, painted-canvas backgrounds, stabilizing into abstract impressions of living forms.
Phase 2 Fluidism Painting -- Greater form-making freedom becomes apparent in liquid acrylics of various densities, all flowing together on paperboard panels.
Phase 3 Fluidism Painting -- The size of paperboard panels increases, and the limitations of the painting media also become obvious.
Phase 4 Fluidism Painting -- The size limit of fluidism painting is reached, and the fleeting nature of certain fragile patterns becomes fully apparent.
Fluisdism Photography -- Capturing short-lived, elusive fluid patterns requires transcending the paint medium itself, using a camera.
Cosmic Headpieces -- Inspired by Burne Hogarth's anatomy drawings, these symbolic human-head paintings suggest how we live largely in our heads.
Dragon Mammals -- A brief excursion into fantasy art produces a series of pencil drawings in which dragons are based on mammals.
Alien Symphony -- A fascination for mysterious symbols (both Earthly and extraterrestrial) inspires visions of musical notation from other worlds.
What I've Done So Far
In creating visual works, an artist often deals in series such as the above, where each series has a signature style. Series (like species) are categories whose members resemble one another, even though each member has its own unique identity within the category. Each series, then, deleneates a stage of artistic evolution.
As strange as it seems, hairs from my own head inspired a closer look at human anatomy, while a closer look at human anatomy inspired a comparative exploration of cosmology, which led ultimately to a view of reality that is fluid, beautiful, deeply purposeful, and abundantly meaningful -- in opposition to the vacant, heartless relativism of post-modern intellectual art.