MY LAYMAN’S UNDERSTANDING of the uncertainty principle in physics goes something like this: you can’t be in two places at once.
A moment in time is never the same once we have experienced it. To leave an event is to be absent from it; our understanding of the past is influenced by our continually changing point of view.
A PAINTING is a moment in time and as old as Earth; a visual letter or journal with paintbrush and canvas rather than paper and pen, using symbols instead of words.
Time is elastic. A painting can take weeks or months or an incendiary moment to complete, reflecting or distilling a full season or year of experience, feeling, and thought.
I experience these paintings now, fresh with paint. They age and settle over time, eventually preserved in gelified oil like amber, capturing a moment, an era, a developmental stage, a permanent record which, faithful to its own time, I revisit and reinterpret again and again.
0 Replies to “The Uncertainty Principle As Applied To Painting”
I LOVE the paintings. (Not so good on Heisenberg.)
Well, Michael Frayn I’m not! ‘Copenhagen’ is one of my all-time favorite plays, and I have seen it live twice, once on Broadway, plus the PBS version with Daniel Craig (not as compelling). Thanks about the paintings!