ALEX SPREMBERG : million moments
We are constantly slipping out of measured time, only to be jolted back into it.
The clock determines our coming and goings. It marks points in time when we are to be at a particular places. However at any moment we can slip out of time and find ourselves in a moment of infinity. This experience is always close at
hand and happens in an instant. We move between measured time and the subjective experience of duration.
What happens in the five hours that I am occupied with repeating the same activity of pouring black paint into white paint and white paint into black paint?
The experience of duration is not characterized by the passage of time, but by the changing external and internal conditions. While occupied with this repetitive activity, the natural light is constantly changing, as are the surrounding sounds.
While concentrating intently on this activity, everything else falls away and the continual chatter of the mind diminishes. My experience as a separate identity disappears and a sensation of connectedness occurs. It is not me who pours the paint anymore but I become an instrument in the pouring process. In moment like these, measurable and quantitative time loses its relevance and only the present exists.
The world stops turning and no-thing becomes an experiential reality.
The materials and processes of painting are the paramount aspects of this exhibition.
Painting with its accumulation of layers makes the passage of time visible and in Million Moments the process of alternating pourings of paint marks time according to a totally invented system of measure, reliant on its own internal logic of material and duration. It ask questions about our reliance on the constructed measure of time in our daily lives.
Alex Spremberg - extract from exhibition essay