Carwash Specter (Art Scene 2On that day when the clouds are laden with dark underbellies, the carwash stands empty and motionless. Pull up to a non existent line, extend a soon-to-be wet left arm and press one round button. Act one begins and the water curtain falls. Simply relinquish the steering wheel and give your mind over to the Carwash Specter who orchestrates machines and fluids into a foaming frenzy. Glide deep into the cleansing aqueous world of slippery, soapy-bubbles emulsifying dark yuck and stain everywhere on your besmirched ride. Act two is the rinse clean performance followed by blasting air's deafening applause! Finally the pleasure of an encore is all yours (as all pleasures are short lived). Drive outside into nature's languid rain and conflate clear beaded droplets on your freshly cleaned windshield and savor the sparkling headlights shinning surreal under grey transient clouds.
Over several months my attention has been stumbling over ideas emerging from my dreams. Moving into and through a night portal. A mirror hall guides the traveler from a distant shoreline.How does one illustrate the wind moving inward to join the void waiting on the otherwise?
I gathered a collection of glass objects and assembled them in an icy cave illuminated by a subterranean arctic light. The glass and mirrored surfaces stood still in their frozen world as one would expect. But the chill stayed with me throughout the night. The next day the objects towered over me in a cave now too mammoth to escape.
My expanding universe
So I said to myself “You need to expand your universe”. Heck I need to create my universe. So I had a little spark of lightning and added a rocky planet, a moon in two phases, a sun with an eclipse, a gaseous planet with an orbiting exoplanet, innumerable galaxies (little white spots in the darkness), a passing comet, a place to stand and some clouds to dream upon. All of this collapses into half a box with a black hole at the bottom. Now the question is “Should I intervene? Worlds within worlds. Do we understand the cosmos from our small perspective in the Milky way. Whew! that was some time travel! Still a bit of spaceship lag but I’ll get over it for the next piece of Art.
A famished serpent appears to devour the sublime, bitty snake slithering on Euclid’s grassy plain. From a third dimension a snake charmer puts a finger in the bitty snake’s mouth and with no hesitation, turns a wheel and decapitates its bitty head.
Simultaneously the bitty snake grows a new body while both creatures deconstruct into four dimensions. A transient moment unfolds between two worlds separated by time and space. What has happened?
(The three dimensional snakes pop up rather dramatically breaking up with the background.
Baade's Window is a small viewing hole in the Milky Way where earthlings can peer and see into universes outside our Milky Way. This is another kinetic sculpture named Baade's Window Gimbal. This is number 6 in a series. Pictures in my Blog show front and back view with almost innumerable options of faces and spacial orientation.
This video features a story about Plato's Cave and two separate pieces of art embedded in a kinetic Gimbal box..
This is my fifth gimbal art construction. In this iteration I have painted art on opposite sides of the same gimbal panel. The first art is displayed facing outward and mounted to cover a mirror box. The viewer can never directly see the original art on the second panel. The second art is facing down to the reflective surfaces inside the box,. Similar to Plato’s Cave, confined viewers in a cave can only see the shadows of the real world. The reflection is an illusion where one could believe parts of the first panel painting’s circular separations are being reflected into the box.
This is my Third Gimbal Art. I have created highly reflective black and mirrored shapes on opposite sides. The effect is to intermingle the shadows from ambient light with the reflections cast from opposite sides of the gimbal.