Saturday, March 22, 2014

Compelling Faces in Art - Simon Massey di Vallazza.

Chaos theory tells us that seemingly random events are actually predictable from simple deterministic equations. But, in the scientific context, the word chaos has a slightly different meaning than it does in its general usage as “a state of confusion, lacking any order.” 

Our world is full of chaotic compositions. A few will recognize this and become artists. Their task then is to confront the chaos and bring it back into order. 

Henry Adams said in The Education of Henry Adams, “Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.” And Carl Jung inferred that in this cosmos of disorder, there is a secret order. 

In this painting by Simon Massey di Vallazza, I see beauty in the confusion, and truth as collision become form; the artist searching disorder for its unifying principle. A form emerges as a face when the whole and the parts are seen at once, mutually producing and explaining each other. It is here, where we find an open channel to the soul.

Chuck Palahniuk wrote in Survivor: “There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. 
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. 
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish.
There is no free will. 
There are no variables.”

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