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Absorbing Light

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Absorbing Light– Now at West End Gallery

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

 Edward Teller

To the end of all the light you know

Interesting thought from physicist Edward Teller, the man known, much to his chagrin, as the Father of the Hydrogen Bomb. Not sure that we are thinking about the same things or that his thought aligns completely with what I see in this new piece, Absorbing Light, that was a late addition to the West End Gallery show, arriving there just yesterday.

But then again, maybe it does.

In any pursuit, one must trust that the knowledge and understanding gained along the way will allow them to manage and even flourish once they find themselves in unknown territory, far beyond their previous ventures.

That kind of faith, as Teller calls it, is something I wish I had more often. I believe that I sometimes have it but it seems such a fleeting feeling at times.

Trying to be more ready for that moment when I come to the end of all light– speaking in the creative sense, not the existential, though that might well apply– is all I can do.

Maybe what I see in this piece, this trying to gain knowledge and understanding for that moment when I find myself in the absence of known light.

Hmm. Let’s think about that for a bit. While we’re doing that here’s a version of the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Long As I Can See the Light, performed by Marc Cohn. Nice interpretation. You probably know Cohn best for his song Walking in Memphis. I throw that in, too. What the heck…

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