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Del Rey Loven Epiphany II

Del Rey Loven

Epiphany II

1979-80

Acrylic, Precipitated Chalk Gesso, Laminated Panel

68 x 48 inches

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Notes on the Epiphany Series

The phenomenon of manifestation denoted by the word epiphany is the subject of these paintings. It is a word used to describe everything from the general notion of a sudden new insight, to a holy day in the Church calendar. I welcome all such interpretations.

Before anything becomes manifest, before anyone comes into existence, what is the nature of that thing or person’s pre-existence? And what is the space of that pre-existence?

Where do we come from?

These paintings for me are visual meditations on such questions.

From the invisible realm to the visible, from pure thought to physical form, from non-existence to existence—how can an artist visualize such phenomena?

Each of these paintings there constructs a figure/ground relationship between an architectural form and an elliptical background. Sometimes I identify this with the relation of the person and the cosmos. Like the cosmos around us, the ellipse is spinning around this architectural form, while each form emerges to a different extent of completion. We are formed in the vortex of shifting energies, and emerge as beings of light.

It is not the creation of illusionistic depth in these paintings that concerns me. Rather it is the dialogue between image and object, between surface and space, serving as a visual metaphor of manifestation, of epiphany, as metaphor of individuation, emergence, and existence itself.

- Del Rey Loven, 2017

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