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Past Exhibits:

Columbus Art Festival, Columbus, OH. June 11-13th, 2017.

Telfair Art Fair, Savannah, GA. November 11th-13th, 2016.

Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA. January 15th - February 28th, 2016.

Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. from March 18th-23rd, 2016.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Which is Closer to Death: Order or Chaos?


Isaac McCaslin
Isaac McCaslin, Insect-like Mutations in a Waiting Room, oil on canvas, 48 x 96 in,  2014


Can I achieve a balanced calm resolve whilst actively in a struggle with the forces of deterioration and change? 

I fear Death.

Insect-like Mutations in a Waiting Room, is a triptych about the extent to which our impressions in this world, if they have any influence at all, matter. Does the value of my contributions rest in their capacity to aid in some sort of social progress. Is it the case that progress holds value even if I accept by faith and observation the absolute transience of all things? Cycles of creation and destruction are a theme in my work. For me, creation is in part rooted to a yearning for freedom, intention, and the sustainment of will. This yearning is a reaction to the fear of destruction. 

Judgement and Justification are strategies of persuasion to affect ones social system in a way which hopefully improves the groups sustainment of happiness. To judge or to Justify one assumes that there is a right or wrong way or rather a useful or counterproductive way. I justify my actions by identifying or holding affinity with certain ideologies, But these ideologies are embraced because I fear deterioration and change. They are a defense mechanism to fight against the fragmentation of order into chaos. An ideology will not die as fast as I will.  Alas. . .  an ideology  is only a virtual reality sustained by individuals and societies for the sake of justifying a way of acting in the world or a way to begin acting in the world. Meaning itself is a virtual mechanism for communicating ideas. Ideas are nothing without intent. I don't believe God intended the Big Bang, perhaps its purely random. I believe intent began with Life.  Life began mysteriously, but, consciousness aside, Life's intent has been to reproduce and conduct deliberate complex movements by harnessing energy storages from the sun.

Somehow, from life, consciousness emerged and eventually it struggled to make sense of things giving rise to knowledge and ingenuity. Learning from History contextualizes the present which allows for predicting future outcomes.  But what is the nature of reality where all this takes place. Implicit in the number of theories on the table for Theoretical Physicists today is a philosophical debate over the existence of time and the nature of reality. Is reality a fundamental procession of events through time that accumulate in a moment or is reality a timeless space of fundamental stuff existing in its peculiar way where causal interaction, one-after-the-other progressions are mere illusions? What is time? The perception of time could be the filtering of movements in space and alterations of matter into a sequence of events. It could be that the filtering is a perceptual distortion of a more fundamental reality. Then again, Time could be essentially real.  If Consciousness emerges from a piling up of events resulting in a complex naturally designed biological system capable of perception, Is consciousness a product of time or is time a product of consciousness?


 I wonder how is 'the meaning of life' related to 'the function of life'. Functionally, Life is a process for stuff to move and organize more deliberately and reproduce.  Should the question, 'what is the meaning of life?' be set up in this timeless manner seeking an answer as if there is one. Should the question really be something more teleological such as "to what end should we be progressing toward?" What if, to entertain a contradictory thought, the answer to this teleological question should be sustainment, that is, struggling against cessation--there should be no end--Death should be overcome? The way we feel about our choice of words matters because freedom in its most introspective sense is a feeling achieved through balancing that which we accept and that which we control in the face of something like an anarchical chaotic regime or a totalitarian ordered regime. Sustainment should incorporate a balanced fluctuating process of change and stasis, because consistently infinite stasis would be like death. What should life, more specifically, Humanity, be evolving toward? Through time, if ever agreed upon, the question of purpose is bound to change for the sake of reproducing a more modified question. Reproduction with modification is integral to Evolution.  Reproduction of concepts with modification is integral in order to conjoin ineffective categories of cognition, into new categories, specific or general, which could be shocking. Imagine the shock of paradoxical quandaries becoming simple things. Would the resulting Idea become an ideology of control, order, chaos, or freedom? Either way, introspective freedom is a feeling achieved through responding to chaos and order in ones mind and environment with a well timed sense of knowing when to control and when to accept.