Spider Box is nothing more than a cube rendered in isometric form, with the one exception that the angles are at 45⁰ from the plane instead of 30⁰. There is no vanishing point and no foreshortening. Parallel lines are equal in length throughout the structure. This 45⁰ angle gives greater symmetry to the rendering of the cube, and allows the eye to adjust its focus between two surfaces that may or may not be the facing side. The internal designs comprising each surface interact with each other, creating other possible shapes and structures.
Evolution is a gradual morphing from one ambiguous but symmetrical shape into another. The progression first adds elements to the tessellations that comprise the initial subject until, at the center of the series, there exists two complete but independent pattern integrities. The original design is then gradually removed with each successive incarnation until the addition has supplanted the prototype as the main subject.
Typical Day at Fermilab
Fermilab, a particle accelerator in Illinois, is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory dedicated to exploring high-energy physics. Through a three mile circular underground tunnel of electromagnets, subatomic particles are accelerated to a speed which is close to the speed of light. When the required energy is achieved, they are smashed together to study the remains of the collision in a collector unit, with the motive of understanding the events that took place a microsecond after the Big Bang.
No one really knows what these minuscule quanta of matter look like. They maintain a duality of both a particle and a wave. Only their signature upon impact is observable. They are nothing but tendencies, and their exact locations are impossible to determine. Only a field of probability can describe their essence.
In Typical Day at Fermilab I’ve taken artistic license in expressing my view of what they may appear to resemble at the moment of impact.
The Road Not Taken
Chain of Causation
Here, I tried to achieve an object that is neither solid nor ethereal, but transitory. It has existence, but only on a tenuous level, rather like a proton, which is composed of three quarks, none of which are solid particles. Each facet of this entity also maintains a wavelike quality, reflecting the dual nature of Quantum Mechanics. At the same time, the negative space created by the intersecting lines in and around the center resembles a vortex, which could act as a portal to other dimensions. According to String Theory, on this level of existence, more dimensions exist than we can usually perceive.
I nicknamed it Fly’s Head for obvious reasons.
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
The word ‘moment’ is an arbitrary term used to denote a period of time which is significant to the person using the term. I see a moment as a point of singularity of time much like there are infinitely small points in space. Just as these points in space lack dimension, moments lack a measurable progression. But together, moments create a sequence that allows events to take place, progress, and end – much like a string of points create a line.
The title of this piece is from one of Robert Frost’s poems. It is a visual representation of a succession of moments in an individual’s life. At one point, a decision is made, marked by the rather snake-like line curling upward and veering to the right. The horizontal movement of the timeline is the individual’s movement through space. The vertical ascent is the direction of time.
If you’ll notice, a gradually fading ghost of a moment trails off into another direction. This is the other choice, or ‘The Road Not Taken’. It doesn’t abruptly end because the moments are infinitely short. Therefore, a dual reality exists for an infinitesimally brief interim, which is another possibility, if you will. It may only exist in the mind of the one making the choice, but that does not make it any less real. The observer creates his reality to a certain extent, so an unconscious consideration of the other direction gives it some semblance of a valid presence.
Eugene R. Mobarry