EACH SUCCESSIVE MORNING
"Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning."
- Nicolaus Copernicus
Before Copernicus the learned men of Christendom understood that Earth was the centre of the universe. His revelation that we orbit the sun is now basic knowledge. That paradigm shift took over a century of observation and argument. The location of our sun within the universe, that is within all of space and time and their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy, is unknowable at this point. It’s conceivable that today’s certainties will also reek of primitive hokum in due course. Each Successive Morning looks at places that either precede the Copernican Revolution or hearken back before it. Not only is it fascinating to behold the things that outlasts truth, but it’s useful to place ourselves in that light as well.
These works are based on Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Town Square series. They have motifs and lighting strategies in common. There is something surreal about killing time amid enduring structures. And it could be said that the decade in which de Chirico created his most famous town squares, 1909-1919, was a point of no return for our modern psyche. The run-up to WW1, the event and its aftermath were crucial in determining how we see the world to this day.