Frank Walter, “Distant Black Cliffs with Purple Sky” (1970s), watercolor and oil on paper
(Polaroid box cover), with metal cartridge, 3 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches (courtesy the Estate of Frank Walter
and Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, photograph © Eric W. Baumgartner)
The Gnostics believed that a demiurge, a being violently hostile to all things spiritual, rules the material world. Its control of things is now nearly absolute.
Small purple dots and squares coalesce into wild patterns branching in every direction, organizing themselves around a grid that expands beyond the edges of the paper containing them. They seem to come from everywhere at once. And nowhere. Vertiginous. It’s just ink on graph paper.
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