Song for Luke
In the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, rose naked from Chaos
Finding nothing substantial to rest upon, she divided up from down and
danced upon the difference. Growing lonely, she coupled with her own
movement, Ophion. In due process of Time, she laid the universal egg
out of which tumbled everything else, her children (the gods), the sun,
moon, stars, and planets, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its
trees, herbs and all living things.
A Pelasgian (pre-Greek) creation myth, c. 3500 B.C.
"Song for Luke" was created in Spring l976 in Detroit and consists of a
limited edition of closely related works. The mirror backing and base
are acrylic. The completely solid state circuitry (tin-flashed copper
on epoxy fiberglass) utilizes TTL logic devices.
(permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts)
266 WORDS (EQUAL TO THE ABOVE DIAGRAM)
The 16 cell memory has two inputs: the Shift input and the Data input.
The memory is controlled through these inputs by two light sensitive
oscillators. The Data input oscillates faster with an increase of light
level. Each oscillation of the Shift input causes whatever data (on or
off) that is in the cells to shift up one cell. New data is loaded into
the first cell with each oscillation of the Shift input. Whether the
state of the first cell will be "off" or "on" is determined by the
condition of the Data input at the time the shift occurs. If the Data
input is "on" when the Shift occurs, then an "on" state will occupy the
first cell. Subsequent Shift oscillations will advance that data up the
16 cells. The moving light patterns are achieved by letting each of the
memory cells control four symmetrically placed light emitting diodes in
the 64 diode matrix.
In other words, one "eye" sees light, the
other "eye' sees darkness. Each"eye" emits a frequency. The results of
comparing the two frequencies creates the light patterns. Since the
eyes are capable of registering imperceptable changes in ambient light
level and since the mathematical relationship of the two frequencies
may be complex, the moving light pattern constantly changes.
One perception of light sings
a song of boundaries,
distinctions and gradients;
Another contemplates darkness
and chants of "ON" and "OFF".
Seeking each other
sequence awareness, meaning.
Saint Luke, the patron saint of both
physicians and artists, is reputed to have been the first to attempt an
image of the Mother of God.
This sculpture, inspired by a dream I had about St.
Luke and Eurynome, was created in gratitude and celebration of my
wife's successful cancer surgery. Song for Luke is dedicated to the
physicians and staff of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
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