20th Jun 2012
Post Conceptual Art at the Intersection of Cutting Edge Science and Ancient Wisdom
20th Jun 2012
I paint in codes. I even draw in codes. The codes are hidden within the works, making the meaning of the work embedded within its symbol-strokes.
The code I use is one that I can find from any culture that is alpha –numeric, binary and phonic. As such it elegantly represents the strings of Elementary physics, which are the essential building blocks of our physics universe according to elementary physics. According to elementary physicists there are eleven of the pre-matter (or energy) strings in our universe, plus their opposites exist in alternate universe(s). The code that I use has twenty-two basic symbols, which we know as letters.
I hide the coded symbols that I use for my strokes.
I use each symbol of a code used is any artwork, just the way other artists throughout history have uses strokes to create their narrative imagery.
The viewer should not be able to read the coded words in my artworks any more that the can “read” the reality that they see daily, which is comprised of atoms, and then the even smaller particles, and then even smaller strings, which present as the physical universe.
Leonardo da Vinci’s work is perpetually in the news as learned people discover and seek to discover codes in his work. Additionally, a musician discovered a way to show a musical piece in the “The Last Summer” using the bread on the table and hand movements as notes. It seems to work, but I am not a musician so I only understand what I read.
Yet, the codes in my work are also music, which is chanted or sung to this day.
When I began painting and then drawing using the original letters (Torah font) of Bible texts for strokes, the codes in da Vinci’s works had not yet been discovered. It seems somehow fitting that the genius artist who invented and predicted many modern inventions, taught us much about art, anatomy, and was fascinated with codes and hidden information was adding hidden meanings to his art, which is otherwise a revolutionary idea of the twenty-first century.
Ironically, in explaining the impact that Post Conceptual Art theory, and especially the branch of UnGraven Image has upon art and its history, I explain using da Vinci’s works, which most people easily know and recognize. We all agree that the Mona Lisa is a secular painting based on it’s narrative image, whereas da Vinci’s Last Supper is a religious work for all Christians, and even for many Jews as it is recognized that it depicts a seder.
However when I create a portrait of secular person (for example, for someone not in the Bible), such as da Vinci himself, it can be considered both a secular work (based on the subject) and also a fully religious work based upon its strokes. Also, my work is always science based, as my symbol-strokes represent the strings of elementary physics.
I think da Vinci would like Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art. And that makes me smile.
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Other articles of interest: Did Leonardo Da Vinci Envision Post Conceptual Art? and Leonardo Da Vinci Essence Portrait