A Recurrence Observed


A Recurrence Observed, Mixed Media on Paper, 2013, 7ft. x 7ft.

A Recurrence Observed

This piece is not about Chairman Kim Jong-Un. I’m using this person to demonstrate the concept of Recurrence.

When Warhol painted Mao, China was an isolated nation at the early stages of industrialization, a nation that the United States dealt with at a distance and held at odds. Currently we can see a similar state of affairs surrounding North Korea. Though this episode in history is certainly unique to its own circumstances, with far more serious potentialities of destruction, the recurring nature of this experience and our cultural mindset of fear in the United States is our current reality. By recognizing the facets of repetition we can hopefully be more aware of this present time where the stakes have been raised. Only by awareness can habitual reaction perhaps result in conscious action.

The ebb and flow of recurring events carries man along the shallow wave of time as an unconscious participant rather than an active doer. Here time is the great illusionist, separating events and making originals out of copies copied many times over. Perhaps this is a condition of Man’s existence, a burden of forgetting and repeating, but if at moments we are able to simply observe such truths, then for a moment we stand outside the carousel, watching the moments and the prints circle round and round, each face and façade unique but in many ways the same. As you look at these prints, you might get the uneasy sense that this has happened, that has happened, and these things will happen again.