Approaching Zero

a mural about the void

I have a crush on mathematics: call it a hobby or a fascination, but

for me it is a passionate (if one-sided) affair. My work uses precise

measurement and calculated repetition to consider the division of

space and the infinite series of sequences that make up the universe

-- or at the very least, those small pockets of the universe that sit

between my paintings and the viewer. My practice of painting is rooted

in an exploration of geometry. Early on in my life I was pretty good

in mathematics - I was not at the top of my class however, I was above

average. That was a long time ago. I have left the precision of

numbers and equations far behind for a more intuitive approach towards

defining, or reducing, a surface to basic spacial features.

One thing that I find interesting about numbers is the idea of zero.

It is the opposite of a value, a non value if you will. Another thing

that fascinates me about math is the concept of an irrational number -

a value that cannot be expressed by a fraction. One example of this is

found when graphing a tangent function. In doing so one is left with a

series of curves divided by a frequency of vertical asymptotes -

points on the graph where the function is undefined. There are points

along the graph where the lines never touch. They venture into

infinity, getting closer and closer, yet they never connect. I have

taken some poetic license with these two concepts and combined them to

represent the intangible aspects of creativity - the undefinable

moments of creative process - Approaching Zero.

With this painting I began the process with the eastern wall of the

gallery. Taking its shape, I reflected the pitch of the ceiling into

an “x” across the center of the wall. As a result the “x” defined a

diamond shape in the middle. The fade to white in the heart of that

shape is my interpretation of zero, as defined by my own irrational

process.