The color of writhium is a light titanium grey – the new new surface of the electric skin of the world. Each day more edges add to clouds of big data rumbling around in dark halls with blinking lights. The mistakes I’ve made and the memories mislaid. I know where to find them if I’m that keen. But the map of the surface is just writhium.
I visited the Gagosian in London, one bright Saturday afternoon in Autumn. There in the white minimalism of the L shaped room in the big new white building, I found many of Cy Twombly’s works hanging on the gallery walls. These were not his photographs, rather a series of untitled works of art, generally created in 1969 at Balsena. In addition there were a number of 21st century Bronzes held to the floor by gravity.
The titles were mostly ‘untitled’. I found it difficult to remember these titles and quickly scribbled notes in biro on my program to try to make sense of it all. Perhaps that was my mistake. Here then is a series of titles for the untitled. Which is which then ? = the numbers correspond to the original sequence at the gallery, now since packed away, but then that is the mystery of it all. Like from the creation of the world through to Christmas, you just had to be there.
1. – Bronze – Creation
Theres a yellow thing sitting on the floor – its a massive work of creative power – where the oche paint of spirit covers the raw solid bronze shape from the casting fire.
2. – 2 and 1/2 – Adam and Eve
The two of them he created, Adam and Eve representing the first of the human race – a creative engine giving a little more than just the power of two.
3. – M’ Triangles – Fall of Man
Man is perhaps a prime copy of the original Man.
4. – Projection of a 3″ Jar – Noah’s Ark
There’s a vessel into which was poured two of each kind by Noah before the flood bore it off to a mountain to rest, waiting for the lands to reappear. Jar’s have always had an electric connotation to them for me, either for preservation or for the storage of electrical charge.
5. – Fallen Jar – Shadow – Abraham
Abraham of course became the father of a new covenant following the fall of Adam .. so himself a shadow of the fallen Jar.
6. – Falling Jar – Smudge – Isaac
Isaac was a smudge in time following on from Abraham.