"THE LITTLE BANG THEORY"
Acrylic & oil on panel. 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)
Orientation: Up to the viewer
Another in the series of "MICRO-PAINTINGS" created with powerful magnification glasses and the tiniest brushes available.
Completed in Los Angeles on 5/6/2008
In whatever size you look upon this small painting, remember that the original is only 8" x 10", so you may be seeing it larger than life.
This painting symbolizes the creation of my "tiny universe". It is a rendition of a bright mili-second burst of inspiration before it culminates in the creation of an idea. A bright and explosive germ of an idea! The first flash of synapse and neuron! The tiny explosion which is the beginning of a series of electronic agitations which culminate in a plan!! A plan of how I might re-invent reality in my art, and so also in my life!
Because of my chemical make-up, God, Fate or total randomness, I wish to live in a world apart from most other people. I live in a world that I have managed to create. A world apart from what I sometimes refer to as the "unreal reality". I live as far away as I can. (It's not easy!)
I sleep during the day, and work on my art at night. I avoid most human contact. I interact with my fellow man with great reluctance. I spend most of my time in my glorious studio! This is the place that I love most. My space for creating things and ideas! A place where I can think! It is here that I keep my easels, my paints, my computer and printers. It is where I write and paint and dream and scheme. It is where I read and wonder, admire and conspire! My sanctuary. My mind turned inside - out!
Typifying my nature is an obsession for cleanliness and order. Ironically, I love to be surrounded by clutter. However, on closer inspection, one will find that this clutter is organized in it's own logical manner. This is very much like my paintings. I am fascinated by transparent and translucent objects. These objects are very "CLEAN". I collect these small things in my studio. This is a secret collection. Yet, these objects hide in plain sight. (Orbs, water drops, bottles, light bulbs, paper weights, fuses and containers of liquid) Some of these are in this painting.
I also collect objects from the outside "reality". These items represent feelings of the ironic, contemptuous, and sardonic. (a mummified cat, giant spider in plexiglas, tiny skulls, rubber heads, animal taxidermy, photos of ridiculous movie and TV stars, old dolls, puppets, teeth, broken toys, dead fish, dried insects and human remains) These objects are very "UNCLEAN". These things serve as reminders that the world they come from is a threatening, dangerous and UNPLEASANT place. I am, of course, also fascinated by these things. Some of these are also in the painting.
You, the reader, being of superior intelligence and comparative wisdom, (as no one else thinks about, or reads about my art) might feel well equipped, and even anxious to interact with "Unreal Reality" and all it's politicians, gangsters, psychopaths, crooks, cops, idiots, drunks, misfits, yuppies, beggars, thieves, horror stories, love stories and sad stories
and I wish you well!
but I'm sick and tired of the game. So I choose to drop off and start my own! This painting is the illustration of the birth of that idea.
I'm not completely unrealistic. I need money! So, as part of my "not-so-brave new world" I choose to include the internet. (And here I am!) In this wonderful, (very clean!) electronic infinity, I can trade the fruit of my mind for my daily bread. This electronic data transfer is also illustrated in the painting.
On the net I communicate mostly with my like and kind. I deal with interesting subjects, interesting entities and an environment which is perfectly clear, logical and ordered. The computer reality is as clean and clear to me as the inside of my translucencies, On the internet I can disseminate my art, the ultimate diary of my existence, written in pure metaphor, for the money I need. This is truly a gift for which I thank fate, or my chemical make-up, or God, or total randomness.
Thus, my "LITTLE BANG THEORY" is a farcical rendition of the bright beginning of a glimmer of an idea. The sparkle in my eye blown up and painted in my "MIRCO-PAINTING" style, using many pairs of powerful magnification glasses and the tiniest brushes I have.