Cycles Embedded in Linear Time

Brandon lerma

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Brandon Lerma Cycles Embedded in Linear Time

Blown glass,Wood, Acrylic paint

Nature exists in a state of cycles that consists of constant renewals and change, so that the nature of this universe appears to be cyclical even though the passage of time remains linear. I have explored this duality in my piece titled, “Cycles Embedded in Linear Time”. There is not much in this world that remains stagnate and often things seem to repeat, like planetary cycles and the ebbs and flows of tides. In this piece, which explores the theme of cycles, I sculpted figures and hands out of borosilicate glass. My glass working process consists of heating the glass to 2800 degrees Fahrenheit by torch, after which I shape the now-malleable materials. Glass is a strong yet fragile substance, and I feel that this material is a good representation of humanity.

I am inspired by the work of Richard Long and the way that he explores the concept of cycles in his work. With Cycles Embedded in Linear Time I represent the passage of time and cycles that I find within myself, and which mirror the cycles that are locked within all humans. Caitlin DeSilvey, in her book, “Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving,” suggests that we should look at the cycle of decay in a way that can be seen as something that is positive: the embracing of the impermanent so that we can learn to see the value and connection of the past to the future.

And we: always and everywhere spectators,

turned toward the stuff of our lives, and never outward.

It all spills over us. We put it to order.

It falls apart. We order it again and fall apart ourselves.

- Caitlyn DeSilvey

 
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Cycles Embedded in Linear Time

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Brandon Lerma Cycles Embedded in Linear Time

Blown glass,Wood, Acrylic paint

Nature exists in a state of cycles that consists of constant renewals and change, so that the nature of this universe appears to be cyclical even though the passage of time remains linear. I have explored this duality in my piece titled, “Cycles Embedded in Linear Time”. There is not much in this world that remains stagnate and often things seem to repeat, like planetary cycles and the ebbs and flows of tides. In this piece, which explores the theme of cycles, I sculpted figures and hands out of borosilicate glass. My glass working process consists of heating the glass to 2800 degrees Fahrenheit by torch, after which I shape the now-malleable materials. Glass is a strong yet fragile substance, and I feel that this material is a good representation of humanity.

I am inspired by the work of Richard Long and the way that he explores the concept of cycles in his work. With Cycles Embedded in Linear Time I represent the passage of time and cycles that I find within myself, and which mirror the cycles that are locked within all humans. Caitlin DeSilvey, in her book, “Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving,” suggests that we should look at the cycle of decay in a way that can be seen as something that is positive: the embracing of the impermanent so that we can learn to see the value and connection of the past to the future.

And we: always and everywhere spectators,

turned toward the stuff of our lives, and never outward.

It all spills over us. We put it to order.

It falls apart. We order it again and fall apart ourselves.

- Caitlyn DeSilvey