Polyvictorian – acrylic, pencil, and photo transfer on recombinant aluminum panels. Infinitely and continuously rearranged (origin, 1997); intitial image 96 x 144″ .
A Polynesian mask composed from Victorian era imagery and etiquette text (appropriate wrist to ankle tennis attire, and so on), mottos, and homilies. (This is the second of the aluminum panel recombinant works. Though each work is an independent idea, if intermixed with other paintings there is some visual cohesion through the use of the calligraphic black line across works). These continue the multitemporal mashup / cultural collision theme that often crops up in my work.
The images below show a few remixes; the first is with a glitch of a couple rows; the third image is an exhibition install showing a disruption of the right side; below that is an enfoldment of the work, then the work hung on two faces of a corner, and finally the work as completely pixelated.
After I had finished the painting and had done a few remixes (including the one emplaced in the corner) I happened to read a book called the Mayan Prophecies by Maurice Cotterell. He discovers, and lays out in the book with diagrams, that there is encoded imagery in Mayan artworks like the Lid of Palenque. He shows that if the image is laid back over itself (using certain dotted shapes on the edge like registration marks), new hidden glyphs are revealed. Whether or not, because of the complexity of the initial imagery, the new revealed images are simply a matter of pareidolia — that looks like a lion’s face! — I still find it very intriguing that through Mayan remixing, new meanings can be discovered. I was particularily struck at how my own rearranging of the Polyvictorian painting in the corner (5th photo below) resulted in an image very similar to a lion glyph from a superimposed Palenque lid made thousands of years ago. (And re: Palenque, see also my jet engine series.)
Here’s a link to the ‘revealed’ lion head once the Lid has been superimposed on itself.
Here’s an example of someone using very complex superimpostion on the Palenque lid to arrive at interesting information.
Here’s a link to the Mayan Prophecies book