Poorly Informed

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Page 1: The Interface Paintings

Poorly Informed2012
Dimensions: 90 by 76 cm, framed.
Media: Paint, cut-out wood, and painted cardboard on wood panel.

The colors of the painting are navy blue, black, silver, white, and orange. The harmony is being made on four fronts: colors, forms, style and size of forms, and their disposition on the support. Getting them to all come together with the necessary symmetry and balance is the key. A good example of this complexity is the ‘upended’ mirroring between the central element (an i for information, seen on the white plane) and the element at the bottom left in the field. Along with the ‘upended’ mirroring (one is rotated 180° in respect to the other), note that one is formally shaped, the other rough, all of which is necessary for the overall effect—and the rough version of this inversed symmetry just happens to form an exclamation point.

To note: The theme is information, how it ‘stacks up’, with all the reverence or reservations one might have in respect to it. We have come a long way since the categorical certitude of René Descartes, passing by way of the categorical incertitude of Heisenberg and Gödel. The latest approach taken by leading physicists (both theoretical and experimental physicists), in the understanding of who we are, is to give up on the desire to know what we and our world are made up of. In effect, rather than knowing ourselves in terms of matter, the actual material substance that makes us up—something real that you can get your hands on as it were—we must settle for certain information concerning the material’s behavior. But more than just having to settle for certain information due to the natural limits of knowing matter, sub-atomic matter, due to the nature-altering impact on the material that the very act of trying to know it has (which is the typical way of thinking on this subject—since Heisenberg) we must now actually see our world, come to accept our very selves, as nothing more than ‘material information’, whatever this means, and/or however unsubstantial this, or rather we, may seem.

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