Notes for IGNITE – INSPIRATION
I am an installation artist, painter and photographer and this is my work you are seeing. I make work that is both site specific and site responsive. Site responsive means I consider all possibilities of human presence on an arc of past, present, and future. I respond by interpreting my experience of that space and altering reality just a tiny bit. Site Specific means that this response to a site will only exist in this moment. It cannot be mimicked in any other situation without altering the function of the work.
So, what does all that have to do with quantum physics and time? Everything, in a way. The cosmos INSPIRES me. The universe is SO big. It is scary. It is dangerous and unforgiving. And more beautiful than anything I could ever produce. My initial response to the Millspace spoke to me from a particle point of view and my sense of entanglement was strong.
Astro physics is a dirty little secret that I do not keep. Sometimes my inner world feels dangerous and unforgiving, like a dark universe, and physics gives me comfort and structure. Once you start to examine the cosmos, you must be willing to suspend yourself to embrace a larger picture.
Quantum physics describes the actions of the smallest pieces of the universe; particles which exist in a realm of probabilities. Quantum math is not concerned with whether events occur or do not occur. The math is a language for calculating the possibility of an unpredictable event. Quantum entanglement describes the equal actions 2 or more seemingly unconnected particles. These relationships can happen from vast distances, as in from across the universe. One particle cannot be altered without affecting the other.
Einstein’s Relativity deals with the largest bodies of the universe. The math is predictable and adheres to Earth logic but describes events no less magical than the wonder of chaos. These two disciplines together are the ‘Theory of Everything’. Art is also the Theory of Everything; adhering to Earth logic while succumbing to influences far beyond the logical.
In 2014, Brian Green said to Alan Alda, “The goal of science is to describe and define the deepest patterns in nature.” This sounds like the meaning of art … to describe and define the deepest patterns in nature.” Perception is everything in art. In science, the term is relative. We perceive something because we use our senses and collective knowledge to understand things about the world. But Art is not stable and suitable identifications shift, remaining elusive.
Art making, in all its forms, looks to answer questions of reality, validity, and humanity, just as science does, but remains powerless to resolve the inequities. There is never more than a moment when imagination, invention, and implication are revealed with certainty or permanence. This is the beauty of Quantum physics and its platform of unpredictability.
TIME is relative. It is SO relative, in fact, that there is evidence to suggest all sense of time is completely subjective and each experience of time is wholly unique to one’s perspective or position in space. When a piece of art is made, it can time travel, against relative logic, becoming entangled with other planes of being. I see history and I am sensitive to other occurrences connecting from another time. I experience a site without becoming entangled in a web of other constructs outside of my time.
It is the unpredictability of quantum mechanics which INSPIRES me to examine the capricious connections in art. The observations of the scientist affects the observable actions of the particles. The same is true for the art viewer who changes meaning simply by witnessing the art, unintentionally inventing a new interpretation. As the artist, I maintain my original bond to my work, but I cannot control, nor predict, the ways a viewer will alter my art with their own perspective.
We expect art to rationalize elusive feelings not easily explained. We expect science to be rigid and logical, coming to the rescue when our senses fail us. The truth is that we need it all… we crave logic, predictability and meaningfulness. We also need unpredictability and a little bit of danger to feel alive, all pursuit of satisfactory answers.