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Covid Art 54: Out of Control Purple and Brown


This is an unusually bold use of color, making a single new piece of art from fragments of two earlier ones. It is not my favorite work by a log shot, but it forces the viewer to examine the silicon wafer prototype, and how different they are from one another. Both of these are from a series of monotypes that I made, over 60 of them, titled Out of Control. They refer back to a book authored by Kevin Kelly, one of the founding team of the Long Now Foundation, a public lecture series in San Francisco. In Kevin’s book, the development of a rehabilitated wetland is described: that botanists try to seed it with all the ‘right’ plants but nature itself has to ‘pop’ the land with something like magic: weather conditions, birds spreading seeds, etc. If you look at the top square, the green line has stepped out of the box, wilding, gone AWOL, mimicking nature that refuses to be kept in a box. Like Covid 19.


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