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Painting detail


One frame of video (above) from that last summer, after dinner at Mati's house, both of us standing in front of 'Crucifixion', letting the camera roam over the surface in close-up with the ambient light revealing the topography of the paint. That frame is not only a capture of the painting (even this tiny detail radiates an energy that is at once cosmic and earthy) but also of that precious off-camera moment.

Even this tiny detail radiates an energy that is at once cosmic and earthy and its juxtaposition within the vastness of the Hubble image of two galaxies passing in the night reminds me of a piece of primitive art which is thought to be an attempt to illustrate some enigmatic birth or death in the skies of prehistory—the ultimate "street of wisdom."



Crucifixion

'Crucifixion' by Mati Klarwein



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