August 14, 2010
Recapitulations of Emptiness, No. 7
carbon, cinnabar, freshwater pearl, gold, laser engraving, opal on paper
31 x 22 inches
Collaborative painting with Timothy C. Ely.
In the fall of 2009, I invited the artist Timothy C. Ely to my studio to make a series of collaborative paintings. We share interests in many things, including Zen and particle physics. In one of our conversations that first day, I mentioned that I considered the Large Hadron Collider (the particle collider recently built near Geneva, Switzerland) to be the world's largest enso—the quintessential Zen circle. An enso is produced to reveal the mental state of its maker and to shed light on the fundamental nature of being; the particle collider was built to understand the most fundamental nature of elementary particles, quantum mechanics, and the deep structure of time and space. Both enso and particle collider are devises for measuring the Void and the underlying structures of emptiness.