exist on earth in a context defined by the dynamics of the natural world.
is the nature of nature's dynamics? Order in nature arises spontaneously.
Simple agents interact in complex ways. They self-organize and form
higher order structures. On their own. No mastermind, no clockwork universe
this self-ordering process, nature utilizes the engines of symmetry
and chance to drive systems to collective wholeness. Self-organization
is the operative principle. Interdependence and novelty are primary
dunes. Cytoskeletons. Flocks of birds. The human brain.
share in these complex dynamics. Complexity loosens the grip of the
reductionist mindset on our approach to knowledge and opens us to a
world of relationships.
my work, I relinquish compositional control and allow individual, colored
shapes to interact randomly. The visual images that result owe their
organization to chance encounters among the shapes interacting according
to their inherent visual properties. The constraining influence of particular
organizing principles of visual perception - scaling, iteration, luminance
contrast - drives the individual shapes toward collective wholeness.
compositions embody the complex dynamics of the natural world in both
form and content. They are reflections of the self-organizing qualities
inherent in the structure of our brains and the function of our minds.
There is a strong correspondence between the external and the internal.
Nuclear matrices. Coral reefs. The human mind.
visual stimuli undergo less cortical processing than other visual forms.
The perceptual primacy of abstract visual forms confirms the abstractionist
hypothesis of essentiality - there indeed exist primary visual forms
that do not rely upon preexisting mental representations for their apprehension.
abstraction has a special resonance in our consciousness. The outward
expression of our inner, mental life, this art speaks to us consciously
at a cognitive level in a language of association while simultaneously
influencing us unconsciously at a perceptual level, surprisingly free
compositions with an emphasis on chance and randomness function to subvert
the mechanistic world view we have lived with for three centuries while
promoting holism and cooperation. Some maintain that clinging to the
old paradigm has brought us to the brink of environmental and social
is certain is that nature at all scales is characterized by connections
and relationships. To see ourselves as part of a vast, global ecosystem
is to recognize the ubiquity of our interdependence - both among ourselves
in our social relations, and between us and the animate world within
which we are embedded.