Stations/Colliders - Jacob van Loon
The editor at Never Lazy mentioned how much my work has developed since earlier this year — bringing the realization that I don’t review my work much after each piece is finished. Change doesn’t appear the same to me, especially when I’m working in series.
Jason Padgett has Acquired Savant Syndrome. When he began making fractal art, he had no traditional math training, and has only since become a student in order to better describe the geometry and numbers that he inherently sees in the world.
His pieces are reminiscent of sketches by early pioneers such as Da Vinci – you can almost feel the thought and concentration reaching outwards. If there were such thing as blueprints for life, this would be them; postmodern entanglements representing the particle world. But they also embody sentimentality – one can’t help but be reminded of playing with Spirograph tools as a kid, and wondering why they ever went out of fashion.
Jason Padgett’s fractal drawings are incredible and inspiring for many reasons. At first, I thought the most incredible reason was the story behind the acquisition of his gift: walking home one night he was maliciously attacked, causing some long-term repercussions to his brain. Scans revealed that Padgett’s brain changed itself to compensate for the damage received, and shortly after, he began to see the world in a different way.
But then I thought the most incredible thing about these drawings was the math behind them; the understanding that fractals arise from limitations, and their relation to E=MC^2. His drawing of E=MC^2 shows that the structure of space-time at the quantum level could be fractal in design.
But now I think I have finally settled on the utmost incredible part….
…They’re all drawn by hand, with just a pencil, a ruler, and a compass.
50/50 I, 2006
Ink on paper
50 x 38 in.