or the dot is dimensionless and conceptually non-existent or notes on sacred geometry

Graphite on paper
29,7x21 cm
21 pieces

Inspired by John Michell: How the world is made – the story of creation according to sacred geometry

December 2019

They give me a feeling of contentment. I enjoy hanging around with geometric shapes.

Without being closed, my eyes are given a chance to rest. Without being forced into silence, my mind is given a chance to rest. Geometry has the ability to relocate me to a positive state of mind.

John Michell thought that in order to live happily people must incorporate sacred proportion into their lives. I am not so sure about that. But I do find sacred geometry – and geometry in general – intriguing.

I work as a museum host. Once in a while visitors ask me if I am a part of the museum building but I can I assure you I am not. Not yet. But over the years I have come to another realization: after working inside one exhibition for about one or two month I am usually quite bored of the sight of that show – but there are exceptions. For some exhibitions I never lose my interest. These non-tiring exhibitions usually consist of abstract works, often including pieces with geometric features. If there is sound, it’s subtle.

Geometric features keep me satisfied [they never make me angry]. Abstraction – regardless of two or three dimensions or moving images – in general maintain my interest for a longer period of time. I can appreciate screen-printed celebrities, figurative paintings and black and white photography showing human beings doing all sorts of stuff, but my interest cools down considerably faster.

After some time, also the underlying theories or stories told by the artists or curator start to disappear from my mind, leaving only the visual expression. What is visible is what exists in that space.

I am aware of that my way of experiencing certain exhibitions is not the most common for the general art audience. An art exhibition is not curated for someone who spends several hours, days and months inside the room (if it was, the sound shouldn't be that loud and repetitive, and so on). But this is the case for me and my colleagues. I love, breath and hate that art.

The bottom line is that abstraction, geometric features and tranquility always maintain my interest until the very last hour of the exhibition period.

The fact that loud noises can be stressful make some video works really hard to handle in the long run. But why do I find it harder to spend long periods of time with quiet photography depicting human beings than abstract or geometric works? One theory I came up with is that I like to slip into my own thoughts and this might be easier if my surroundings are abstract. Abstraction provides more room for thought.
A photography might be reminiscent of a person, an event or other memories which makes it difficult to look at the work again without being reminded of my first thought. That kind of art work more easily gets stuck.

A painting with geometric fields never stares back at me. It leaves me alone, without observing. A landscape painting might leave me alone too, but the leeway is not as free as in an abstraction. An abstract painting tells different stories every day because I have to start with my own state of mind. Abstraction allows me to continue an activity, without interrupting. 

Another theory is simply that I am not particularly interested in the everyday world. While there is certainly some truth in this second theory, it also makes me a little sad that this is the case.

Again, we are talking about living and breathing that art exhibition – not visiting once or twice. If the latter is the case I happily meet up with old memories in front of a photography or an installation with familiar everyday objects, but I do not enjoy confronting such objects and these memories every day. I don't like to hang out with my past if I don't have to. As a visitor to another art institution I might love repetitive sound works, installations with whatever familiar objects or a loud video that illuminates a solicitous political issue. But not all art works are suitable for everyday involuntary experience, at least not in my case. And this is exactly what made me curious. 

I have trouble getting dressed in the morning just because it's so fucking boring and I hate clothes. Every garment says something about me, whether I want it to be that way or not. But I have no problem with staring at a white rectangle over a black field for three hours a day, four times a week, during four months. The rectangle is quiet and gives a feeling of openness. My sweater gives me a feeling of something predetermined. Staring into that painting makes me feel alive, getting dressed makes me feel devious.

There is something inherent [and unchanging] in geometry [and mathematics] that I want to explore. It’s a search for something sustainable.

It's 10:24 p.m. and I am going to bed. Just realized that I'm wearing the same outfit that I slept in last night.

Geometry is spatial relationships and the dot will always be dimensionless.

Seize the day.

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