Qualia 1+1=1 

Attraction and Entanglement

 

A series of acrylic diptychs on canvas, 2017-19  

 

Definitions:   Qualia: perceptual sensations before they become named by consciousness, by mental conditioning, the sensory qualities prior to being categorized by the associative mind.

 

As a painter, I am thinking about Edward O. Wilson's discussion of notions of free will and "qualia", that provoke the "subtle, almost inexpressible feelings we experience about sensory input, sensations and their related feeling tones that precede naming, i.e. redness before it is identified as red.  In this I am painting about how our minds work and navigate optical experience, how our conscious naming of the word is delayed, invited, entangled by the meeting of eye and mind. These thoughts dovetail nicely with Eric Kandel's work on "reductionism" in art and brain science, especially how the brain processes abstract art ("bottom up") differently than figurative imagery ("top down”).

 

The Qualia 1+1=1, diptychs, each an exploration of optical attractions and what is perceived as continuity/discontinuity; how 2 may be perceived as 1. Physics reveals that atoms cannot physically touch one another, that they may however achieve quantum entanglementand attraction. To me this is, aside from interesting science, an ontological and perhaps psychological metaphor for being with another, remaining distinct, not melding into one, being in proximity, remaining intact.

 

(Also see Artist Statement  and Tesserae)

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Dyad I
Dyad I

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad II
Dyad II

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad III
Dyad III

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad IV
Dyad IV

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad V
Dyad V

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad VI
Dyad VI

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad VII
Dyad VII

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad VIII
Dyad VIII

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad IX
Dyad IX

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

Dyad X
Dyad X

Acrylic on canvas, 2017-18, 80 x 160 cm.

SOLD Qualia 1, 2017
SOLD Qualia 1, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

SOLD Qualia 2, 2017
SOLD Qualia 2, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

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Qualia 3, 2017
Qualia 3, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 4, 2017
Qualia 4, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

STEPHANIE'S Qualia 5, 2017
STEPHANIE'S Qualia 5, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 6, 2017
Qualia 6, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

SOLD Qualia 7, 2017
SOLD Qualia 7, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 8, 2017
Qualia 8, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 9, 2017
Qualia 9, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

SOLD Qualia 10, 2017
SOLD Qualia 10, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 11, 2017
Qualia 11, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 12, 2017
Qualia 12, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 13, 2017
Qualia 13, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 14, 2017
Qualia 14, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 15, 2017
Qualia 15, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 16, 2017
Qualia 16, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 17, 2017
Qualia 17, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

Qualia 18, 2017
Qualia 18, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases

SOLD Qualia 19, 2017
SOLD Qualia 19, 2017

acrylic on a pair of 12" x 12" canvases