JENSZ, David, 1957
Parallel horizons, 2001
steel, steel mesh, rubber
310.0 cm x 360.0 cm x 520.0 cm
Courtesy of Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney
The horizon is as far as one can see; it defines the zone where the visible changes into the assumed. We use the word horizon to describe our sphere of mental understanding, the limits of consciousness and comprehension. Physicists use the term 'event horizon' to describe the boundary of a black hole.
Parallel horizons is essentially a large funnel form made from steel pipe and wire mesh that rests on its side. Placed on the floor at the narrow end of the form is a rubber diagram that describes an illusory, conceptual space, implying the origin or perhaps future direction of the sculpture. I usually work large; the ideas dictate the scale. The abstract nature of the concepts requires a physical presence larger than myself.
I'm interested in the extension of one spatial dimension into another: Parallel horizons plays on this notion of a dimensional shift. The fact that we can only experience our universe in terms of four dimensional space-time has been a recurring theme in my recent work. Philosophers and physicists are conscious of the limitations of our ability to see the world.
The 'Holy Grail' of contemporary physics is to unify the four physical laws that govern our universe: Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Maxwell's Theory of Electromagnetism, the strong and weak nuclear forces, and gravity. Authors such as Steven Hawking and Paul Davies write expectantly about the day when we will have a Grand Unified Theory of Everything. Their aim is to combine the theories together in an over arching mathematical solution that combines them all.The real problem for physicists is that the mathematics of the theories, while elegant and clear individually, become unworkable when combined. Michio Kaku writes in his book, Hyperspace, about Superstring Theory and a universe with twenty-six dimensions. According to Kaku, if the universe has more dimensions then there is enough room for the known theories to 'fit' together. Adding more dimensions to the mathematics allows more room for the theories.
It is impossible for me to imagine a fifth dimension or a sixth, let alone twenty-six, but I am captivated by the idea. In a naive way, I am hoping that by examining the relationship between two dimensions, I might have an insight into others.
David Jensz, September 2001
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