I am interested in the notion of Nothing, and what nothing is? I imagine that when I look into darkness or pure black, the absence of light is the boundary of the universe, creating a memory of what it was like before Being.
I explore this within my art practice, using mirrors to create the illusion of infinite Being and Black 2.0 paint to add the presence of Nothing.
By using 20 mirrors on the inside faces of an Icosahedron sculpture, the multiple reflective light creates the illusion of infinity. Yet, reflecting back on themselves they eventually become Nothing.
When I created a sculpture titled The Cube, I painted the inside with Black 2.0 paint, so it would a) create a dark Earthy calm space, that people could enter for meditation b) so it would absorb reflective sun and moonlight into the physical body of the sculpture and activate its distinct and potential spiritual essence. To create the intention and witness the process I performed what I term a metaphysical act from within The Cube; consisting of drilling holes through the wooden sides with a 5/8 drill bit and brace creating sacred geometrical patterns. This took place on a Bronze Age barrow on the top of Old Winchester hill, Hampshire, under a full-moon. The research behind this act was to experience the act of letting moon-light enter the black space, to feel if it could bring with it another conscious sense of Being. What I experienced was a connection with The Cube and the moon, which felt outside of time and space.
In his book Science of Logic Hegel describes the notion of Being as the indeterminate immediate, free in relation to essence and equal only to itself. This reflectionless being is being as it is in fact nothing, and neither more nor less than nothing.
Nothing is simply equality with itself, complete emptiness, absence of all determination and content. In so far as intuiting or thinking can be mentioned here, it counts as a distinction whether something or nothing is intuited or thought.
To intuit or think nothing has, therefore, a meaning; both are distinguished and thus nothing is (exists) in our intuiting or thinking; or rather it is empty intuition and thought itself, and the same empty intuition or thought as being.
Nothing is therefore, the same determination, or rather absence of determination, and thus altogether the same as, pure being.
Being and Nothing are distinct yet inseparable, passing over each other so that each immediately vanishes onto its opposite. Their truth is therefore becoming a difference which has equally immediately resolved itself.
This triadic development can be summarised as: Being + Nothing = Becoming
The title of this post Nothing is Immediate and the title of new work I am producing can be broken down into Nothing and Being are the same and equate to Becoming. Jean-Paul Sartre contends that nothingness relates to free consciousness and spontaneity. The ‘is’ relates to the limit and Immediate is now, the present now in space, time and geography.
Therefore, the translation is Free consciousness and spontaneity happens in the present moment, it is limited to now.
For me this relates to being an artist, to break the limit, to be free in the moment and find an authentic existence in the now.