Temporality Without Time



Temporality is the material that makes a connection between things that are separate. It does not matter if all living things or manmade objects are located in different areas or if they occur in different seasons. They all live in the present, now. Furthermore, time is not only ‘something we somehow register as a concept of past and future’. It is also an element that can connect all separate objects together, time makes material become more and less than an object; materiality has an inner spirit and its own temporality.

I am interested in how things connect to each other, because I believe that objects always need to rely on other objects. ‘I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time. The oak is especially so because it is a slowly growing tree with a kind of really solid heartwood. It has always been a form of sculpture, a symbol for this planet’ says Beuys.

Time in Painting can show more than a moment. It is like a painter can squeeze time into the canvas. Monet worked on “series” paintings, in which a subject was depicted in varying light and weather conditions. His first series exhibited as such was of Haystacks, painted from different points of view and at different times of the day’.That is why photographs still cannot replace painting; a ‘photograph captures a moment. Whereas a painting has layers; it’s more than a moment. It’s more than a year. It’s more than human time. It’s theological time, cosmic time even’.












































            

                              





           
                           


                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                        
  

                           



                               



                              
                            

                        
                            




                          

                

      






      






 
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