Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cubism - there's always more than one way to look at a thing

Quantum, physics, Charlene Brown
The View from Rua de Jesus
Watercolour, crayon and CP
©2013 Charlene Brown

This isn’t just the view from Jesus St.  If you have a look at this link in GoogleStreetview, , you might notice that the blue ‘Church of Mercy’ to the left of the centre of the painting, and the building under construction to the right are actually facing out to sea. The viewpoints I used to paint them were from the street directly in front of each.
Pablo Picasso and Georges Bracque evolved the technique of adding more information to an image through simultaneous multiple viewpoints… of course they went at it with considerable more vigour (and genius) than this tentative start. 
Their brilliantly reassembled multi-faceted images defined the beginnings of Cubism. The introduction of this concept of multi-dimensionality in art was remarkably coincident with Einstein's theory of the relativity of time, space, and motion… but Einstein and thousands of quantum physicists and mathematicians since have been unable to formulate a Unified Field Theory, harmonizing gravity and the other three fundamental forces.  Is this because most people, including most geniuses, cannot visualize more than the usual four space-time dimensions?