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An interesting thing I learned recently from Steven Hawking is that the sum of the total energy of the universe is zero. I knew this. I’m not a physicist, but I’m culturally literate. Einstein showed us that mass is energy. For every atom there is an anti-atom. For every erg there is an anti-erg. That doesn’t mean that for every me there’s an anti-me. Just that there is sufficient antimatter/anti-energy to equal the congealed energy state that I think of as “me”. So when you add up the total energy and anti-energy in the universe the sum is: zero. The sum is zero. Well, almost. There is some asymmetry or everything would just disappear. Anyway, the new thing I understood from all this is that the Big Bang happened and it was possible because nothing new was created. The laws of conservation of energy was not violated. The universe was . . . → Read More: Art is often doing the work nobody else knew needed to be done
I know it’s way late to be talking about the July round at UWA, but it’s taken me this long to pull it together. I hate doing post mortems on our shows, but because I’m on the judging panel, I can’t really promote these things until they’re already gone. But I feel it’s important to illustrate the need to be observant about art.
I’ve said many times before that it is a qualitatively different experience living with art than just visiting it. I spend a lot of time at UWA each month documenting and arranging things. As much time as I spend there, though, with a large show like we had in July (73 pieces by 53 artists), I know there are aspects to some of the entries I must have missed. As I photograph the work, I’m often surprised at some aspect of a piece that I had not noticed before. I hope this . . . → Read More: More stuff you probably missed
I was recently engaged, as I often am, by an image that made me want to explore it more personally. I have done a bunch of dioramas replicating vintage book and magazine covers, movie posters, etc. I seem to have a desire not just to make art, but to become art.
My most recent obsession is one of many images by Salvador Dali in which he adds a bunch of drawers to a human figure. If you do a Google image search for “Dali drawers”, you’ll see what I mean. The most famous piece is probably his “Anthropomorphic Cabinet.” But this is the drawing that caught my attention. It’s a sketch for part of a 4-panel screen. (I haven’t found any images of the final work, and as far as I know the project was never completed.)
Dali did several variations, including the painting called “The Burning Giraffe“.I set about reproducing the image with my . . . → Read More: Is this anything?