Early Circle

Early Circle

The second work of the “Contrasts” section is the visualization of a poem I wrote when I was a child (2nd Lyceum – 1991-1992). The poem is entitled The Ropes.  

 

The ropes 

Great is the joy of man 

making a swing 

on two thick ropes 

hanging from a branch of a tree. 

Great is the misfortune of man 

making a swing 

on one thick rope 

hanging from a branch of a tree. 

 

The work illuminated on one side reveals the shadow of a man swinging while illuminated on the other side the shadow shows a hanged man. To see the second shadow you have to rotate the sculpture 90 degrees. It is worth mentioning at this point that in the shadow of the gallows, under the man there are two flowers coming out of the ground. These flowers were made by mistake. As the silicone I used to place a piece in the project had not yet set, the piece fell off its weight and left two silicone marks on the project auxiliary glass. So I decided to use these marks in the shade and placed two scrolls in order to form the trunk of the flowers. This sculpture, like the whole “Contrasts” section, is made 100% of rubbish, with the exception of the glue (silicone) and the photo of the fetus in the middle of the sculpture.  

In this work, in addition to the contrasts (life and death, joy and misery, one and two) I make a philosophical game in the sense of space-time. How do I play with the four dimensions? The indestructible sculpture has three dimensions (length, width, height) and the perfectly understandable shadow has two dimensions (width, height). So comes a lower information (two dimensions) and makes us understand a higher information (three dimensions). The fourth dimension (time) enters the work in two ways and comes to give us more information. The first way is movement. To go from one state (cradle) to another (hangman), with the movement I have put, a short time passes. So, time has come to work and informs us that these are not two simultaneous situations. The second way in which the dimension of time enters the work is the photography of the fetus. With the fetus I give the concept of pregnancy and birth in the sculpture. The first scene of the swing symbolizes life and the second of the gallows symbolizes death. The order of pregnancy, birth, life and death is a sequel. So I have made time, I place it in space and I make a financial situation of space-time.  

Another level of work is verbal. The title of the project is “Early Cycle”. Why; Because the cycle of life, as depicted in the shadows, is closed but before its time. Death is not normal. So the cycle is early. The word “early” refers to time. The “Circle” to space. “Early Cycle” … Spacetime.  

In the same tree, on one side and the other, by the same means, the rope, one rejoices and another is unhappy. The tree and the rope are there. It depends on us how we will use them. 

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