January 31, 2021

How Do We Grapple With The Inevitable Passage Of Time?

Joshua Clark

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Oil-Based White Pen, Black CardTHE INVERSE OF THE INVERSE IS THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL, RIGHT?, 2021

Endless repetitive actions stop us/me from truly living in the moment.

Work, internet, TV streaming. It all serves to delay the inevitable act of aging and eventually death.

This piece is the latest example of my attempts to repurpose and reconfigure my/our acceptance of the inevitable passage of time by actively working against the distraction of endless entertainment, endless doom scrolling and endless news coverage of negativity.

It is a celebration of spontaneity, of abstractly representing the order and chaos that has always existed, of letting go any fear of uncertainty about the future.

It encompasses these ideals through abstract freehand drawing techniques that are entirely self-taught. In the very moment of the act of drawing each line and dot and connection, I discover the what/where/how/why of how the piece will turn out.

The hand and pen lead the brain to the hidden pathways which are revealed on paper through the very act of putting said pen and paper together. I pull together the endless possibilities of geometry and the reality of human imperfection, in an attempt to reignite the joy of living moment to moment.