Jan Berg Give Me a MomentOpening: Tuesday 1 July, 6-8pm Dates: 1-19 July 2008
My work can be read as a series of sedimentary layers embedded with a vast history of information. Using a single repeated unit, tiny circles become the building blocks for the images. The solitary unit holds no discernable piece of information but through the construction process, complex systems and forms become evident.
The transcribing involved in my work is a meditative process where the final point is determined just as much by the image making process as by the content. The circular script flows like seismographic tracings recording a process that is both external and internal. The multi layered work invites a polysemic reading. The repeated patterns of data can be read on a personal or evolutionary level.
“Imagine a language that exists only in parts, and never in one place. One needs to conceive of it strung out in a line, a single sentence unrolled across the mountains and the plains, the deserts and the seas. Imagine a language with catches like barbs that caught as it grew all earthly marks: algae traces on mangrove trunks; marine worm engravings on bark hulls and temple columns; bird prints, rockpool whorls, tidal stains, tree weepings, dirt shadows, songlines of the restless spheres. To read one must walk and run and swim and fly, but following, always following this one line, now thin, now thick, now clean, now broken, tight, loose, heavy, light, feathered, dotted, smudged, bold and faded, curved and arabesqued, at once spearhead, smoke wisp, whipcrack, milky way, now worm line, now hook, now cuneiform, rune, hieroglyph, symbol, alphabet of the stars - Babel in one voice.” (John Hughes)