CHAPTER 5 Interpreting Light




Physics shows us that light is ambiguous and paradoxical, possessing the qualities of both particles and waves. Light’s multidimensionality can reveal any subject’s many diverse realities, which may be as fleeting as light itself. The ever-changing physical properties of light demonstrate that everything is in flux and nothing is as it appears, signifying the numerous ways any subject may be viewed and interpreted. Exceptional two-dimensional examples of this principle can be seen in Roberto Matta’s surrealist paintings, such as Les Humarbes (1973), which created new visual dimensions by blending cosmic and organic life forms. A three-dimensional model can be seen in Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine ...

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