The Specious Line, 2013 - ongoing
Biro on A4 paper, 25 x 25cm.
Produced with the aid of a metronome.
"If we think back, now, to our question, "How does man arrive at time?," we can see that access to an answer is opened through the analysis of the formal structure of our experience. It’s investigation has revealed that the present - and thereby, our consciousness - lies like a saddle thrown over time, on which we sit, and from which we gaze Janus-like, into the past and into the future.”
Ernst Poppel, Mindworks, 1988
The ‘specious’ present is the moment of now that characterises the period of duration we feel ourselves to live within. The past does not appear to exist for us in the same way, nor does the future.
Drawing a line takes time. It cannot as an act be reduced to a mere instant. The time it ‘takes up’ is laid down in the linear form of the line. This formal structure appears to provide the drawer with a unique method for stipulating the ‘IS’ across a moment in time.