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Solve et Coagula II #8, 30 x 30″ C-Print
Solve et Coagula is a term that was used in alchemy. It is Latin for “dissolve and combine”. The alchemists believed that all matter came from the same source and that dissolving, combining, and purifying of the base substances could produce gold. We took this idea and applied it to this particular series.
Our earlier color bodies of work, The Darker Stage of Twilight, From the Velvet Underground, and Energy/Matter, had all been photographed with an old Polaroid Land Camera, straight out of the 60’s. Actually, we were not sure of its origin, but one day we took the lens off, taped a piece of aluminum foil pierced with a sewing needle, and, “voila”, it was now a pinhole camera. In the cold and desolation of winter, we’d walk the dunes of Provincetown, or the back marshes and underbrush of Truro, and made images that were hand held, with long exposures. We experimented with the development times and temperatures of the Polaroid film, sometimes causing rivulets of dye to form; the results were painterly.
For Solve et Coagula we used the same Polaroid camera, only this time our interest was held in the paper “negative”, (base substance), that is peeled from the print and thrown out. Loaded with empty photo paper boxes, we would shoot an image, peel the negative, and carefully tape it in a box for its protection. The chemicals that remained on the paper would then start to crystallize and go off into incredible configurations. We would check the “negative”, for a few days or weeks until we felt that it was ready, re-shoot it with a medium format camera, and enlarge it using the color negative and a traditional enlarger.
We chose Fujiflex paper because it gave the images an incandescent quality not obtainable with other papers. And in the end what was once looked upon as something to be discarded, became an object purified, beautiful and inspiring. Gold for the soul.
Solve et Coagula II #2, 30 x 40″ C-Print
Gabriel/Strength of God, 30 x 40″ C-Print
Energy/Matter was influenced by a movement among scientists and mathematicians concerning the existence of God. They pose the question: can science reach beyond physical reality and prove that a divine being or force oversees the universe?
In Tulane University’s mathematician, Frank Tippler’s book, “The Physics Of Immortality”, the proof of the existence of God lies in his “Omega Point Theory”. According to this theory, the entire cosmos will eventually be united in the mathematical equivalent of the sum of all points in time and space. Essentially, at the end of history, billions of years from now, “ life will evolve to its ultimate future – the Omega Point (God), the point of infinite knowledge (omniscience) and occupation and control of the universe ( omnipresence and omnipotence). Nothing more can happen.
The Here and Now, 60 x 40″ C-Prints, diptych
The figure in The Here and Now is in front of a cosmic hour glass with the sand on top representing the future and the sand on the bottom the past. The middle is the here and now.
Three Figures 8, 30 x 40″ C-Print
The recurring theme of the cycles of life is expressed in a rather organic way in the series Creation. This group consists of six works. Out of, what looks like, earth and water a figure is molded. In one piece the figure looks more like a genie that just came out of a bottle. Another one suggests a figure rising from the mist. The dark green monochromatic shades evoke the depths of the ocean. A combination of alchemical and photographic processes is used. But above all the main element is time.
Creation 1, 30 x 40″ C-Print
Creation 1, 30 x 40″ C-Print
A motorcycle accident in New York City changed the course of our collaboration. The work started to reflect the questions that come up when one is faced with ones mortality. Our work evolved from autobiographical portraits to the study of the figure. The figure being a universal representation of the soul in relation with the Force (Cosmic). We found that by using each other as the figure we could make an image both universal and intimate.
Of Time and Space I # 4, 30 x 40″ C-Print
Of Time and Space I # 8, 30 x 40″ C-Print
The Darker Stage of Twilight 7, 40 x 90″ C-Prints, triptych