Notes on the meanings of Paintings
THERE IS ONLY ONE THING TO WRITE ABOUT
Oil on canvas 24" x 18" (61 cm x 46 cm)
For me, when I painted this, there was only one thing...it's up to you to think what your One Thing is.
THE YELLOW CHAIR
Acrylic on canvas 9" x 12" (23 cm x 30 cm)
This chair is in my studio. At the time I painted it, the chair was imbued with the memory of a special sitter.
THE WALL ON WHICH THE WRITING IS
Acrylic on paper 9" x 12" (23 cm x 30 cm)
The Book of Daniel, tells the story of Balshazzar's Feast, a debauched event at which a mysterious disembodied hand appears and writes strange words on the wall. The prophet Daniel is summoned to interpret: he proclaims the words to be a judgement and a prophecy of the King's downfall. Sure enough, that very evening the kindom is overthrown and the King meets his end.
The wall is the context of the events. I think it's important to give context full weight when looking at anything, both literally and figuratively.
This is probably my favorite of my paintings.
EVEN AFTER A YEAR
Time heals all, but boy, can there be scars
STRING THEORY WITH ELEVEN DIMENSIONS
String and wire approx 5" x 7" x 7" plus hanging string.
String theory suggests the existence of one-dimensional strings in place of particles in quantum physics. The different "particles" would then be infinitessimal strings, vibrating at different frequencies. String theory works best if there are more than four dimensions, 10 or 11 in the most common variants, but the extra dimensions are "curled up" too small to detect. It is not yet clear whether String theory is really a good description of the quantum world.
This sculpture is made from a single loop (not touching itself) joined in several places by eleven taut strings.
GRAVITATIONAL LENSING I & II
Acrylic and pastel on paper 11” x 14”.
As early as April 1912, before he had even published his theory of General Relativity, Einstein sketched the idea of spacetime being curved around a massive body, creating a lens which would make a distant star appear multiple times, or as a ring. The light from a star would curve around the massive object and appear from Earth as though it was coming from several different sources, arranged around the (possibly undetectable) massive object. Although Einstein thought this effect would be unobservable, the effect was first spotted in 1979, with a quasar which is far brighter than a star.