Six of Nine


I could never be as abstract expressionist

as Jackson Pollock turned out to be. Yet the technique of pouring liquid paint and controlling it's disbursement on a horizontal surface did not come until after this work.


"The Girl in apartment 2"

Technically I had a model, "the girl", whom I briefly saw standing there nude, although in fact she was naked in her doorway. A Young girl poorer than I ever was- standing there in the doorway. I remember the chair, the bare light bulb, the table with ashtrays, a couch and light coming through a window covered with dingy gray curtains. And the hallucinations, of "others", moving through her living room.

The image is More surreal than we expect of an action painting yet it's completion is in one setting From beginning to end.

It is a quality of creating an image having not planned it from the beginning. There in your mind is the kernel or spark as some people call It and from that comes forth at completion an image that never existed before. It never has everything that was imagined before and it finishes in a state unimagined yet brought forth from subconscious.


It's an art process where a likely next action is not determined until a completed provable action is taken on all the positions at a given moment. In that moment before the completed reality is realised the process of creation becomes entangled.


So like Schrodinger's cat - excepting it's not a thought experiment.


Put cat in box with atom, and poison and a detector to release poison that kills cat if atom decays and releases radiation. But since we cannot know if the atom has or has not decayed, until we open the box the cat remains both alive and dead. Unless everything including us exist in a quantum state and we do.


So we and the contents of the box are all entangled, when we open the box the cat is both alive and dead. The answer to how is this possible is that when we acted to open the box to see if the cat was alive or dead at that moment we became separate people existing in our own separate realities. A many worlds theory formulated by a guy named Hugh Everett


All the material in the environment of the Artist is existing in a quantum state so as I approach the creation of the painting using an unplanned indeterminate outcome each action creates a new and independent effect determined by my interaction with quantum objects in superpositions. My surreal abstractions extract from the multiverse subconscious actions that bridge the collapsed wave functions of each multiverse. Which raises the question of {if time was reversed would a detector be able to sense an abnormality in the quantum state revealing precise multiverse interactions}.


I like physics I'm not a Physicists, but I am a product of our times and exposed to it's knowledge of physics everything including us exist in a quantum state and so the many worlds theory of Hugh Everett developed when he was a student at Princeton University in the mid-1950s is well insinuated into my worldview as it is in my art.


I often stare at a canvas wondering if it were possible to send some signal across to my counterpart. Or as is most often the case thinking we had created the masterpiece at last or if I had done so already in some past - my own or another's.


Sometimes with trepidation thinking, what ever happened to that girl in apartment 2, with those hallucinations that weren't ever there?

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