Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
University of Chicago
5737 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
October 24 through the winter
Opening reception October 24, 5-7 PM
Pillars of Though are free-standing, independent structures, paralleling our own human existence.
The images consist of neuronal profiles, intertwined with my own MRI brain scans, electroencephalograms, and transformations of my own art work. It is from these extensive, overlapping neuronal networks that our consciousness, being, and independence arise.
From this self-awareness we illuminate ourselves and others. We can shine, inform, educate and assist each other. Each piece is a portrait of human aspiration.
In this installation, there are groupings parallelling our own societal structures. The Dreamscape sequence deals with the origins of dreaming, fantasy, and creativity. The Pillars of Writing include the hand-written texts, and portraits, by those authors who have had a profound influence on my art work, from Sigmund Freud to the existentialism of Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett.
Each Pillar consists of three layers of polycarbonate, back-light by a LED color-changing lights. As the transmitted colors change, the images change dramatically.
The three layers of images correspond to our own three levels of awareness: consciousness, sub-consciousness and unconsciousness.
Each piece is 65 x 7 x 7 inches in size. All materials used are archival quality. The images were printed with pigmented inks. The electrical light system is UL listed and approved.