Study of Space and Time 2016 – 2017
‘My paintings have neither objects nor space nor time nor anything – no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form.’ Agnes Marin, 1966 (about her grids)
Grid = repetition = duration = now = timelessness = formlessness = breaking down form = nothingness = lightness = ground = 0
The grid is a regular, calibrated system, a matrix that defines positioning, as well as measurements of objects and people. It holds potential.
It allows for measurements and defines form: Labour + Matter + Time = Form (3D) in Space (existence defined by coordinates on grid).
A repeated gesture that leaves a trace over time takes up space: Time passing (Duration) + energy (gesture/labour) + matter (trace) = drawing in space
Duration + labour + trace = form in space
First law of thermodynamic: ‘Rien ne se perd, rien ne se cree, tout se transforme.’
Ref: On Kawara (Today), Tehching Hsieh (Punching the Clock) and Roman Opalka’s Program
This piece depicts the family movements over Christmas week. It is a response to Opalka’s life long work and Tehching Hsieh’s Time Clock piece. He said ‘Every time is different but also the same thing’ (2014): We follow routines, we stick to pathways, we repeat the same steps time and time again mostly over the same ground, like the hands on the face of a clock. We ‘spend’ the time, we mark it and we experience it.
The contour of each journey is traced using Morse code to describe the destination of the trip.
The visual representations of space and time are intertwined with an ambiguity between the numeric representation of dates and time integrated with the diagram of the journey in a topographic presentation.
Each person is represented by a dot. Each photo frame equates to a Morse code letter.
A total of 725 different frames were captured to resolve this piece, showing the progression of each journey and the gathering of people.
The steps evoked by the Morse code mark the passing of time at the selected rate of the animation, as would a metronome.
Spacetime Investigation 2015 – 16
This work samples a selection of my research between 2015 and 2016
The many sources and complexity of information relating to the concept of spacetime are overwhelming… Here, I illustrate my struggle and confusion in assimilating the information and making sense of such an intangible and complicated concept.
Whilst the black canvas and white writing evoke the traditional blackboard and chalk Einstein often worked with, they also allude to the visual representation of starlight in the universe and of the concept of spacetime (white lines on a black background).
An Analemma describes the sun’s positions in relation to Earth over the course of one year. It also evokes the ancestral way of reading time or charting spatial position. Sundials, clocks and compass were subsequently invented to measure time and location more conveniently and finally the GMT was established to synchronise our world.