The Nature of Multiplicity Incepted

Written by Patrick Chevalier. Posted in Inceptual Art

The life of the work will be determined by time and the response to the works inherent message.

N.o.M. is an ambitious work in scale and meaning as it is one that I wish could remain in the state of inception indefinitely. Indeed, considering that it has taken me close to 10 years to create 5000 pieces I have succinctly proven this point to myself and yet it behooves me to accelerate the pace of production so I may share it with you.

This first push of inception of the Nature of Multiplicity produced an extnat series of more than 4500 individual works of art. Each work measures 1 15/16" x 7/8" and each individual piece treated as an element of a greater work. N.o.M is therefore a large work in composed of elements carefully manipulated selected and recorded. Each piece is created from mixed supports grounds and mediums in order to impart as much variety or multiplicity as possible in for the pictorial affect, the local values and its larger pictorial identity. When exposed in its entirety the work is exhibited on a large support forming a grid patters creating a what can be considered a damp colour field. The initial dimension of this personal work is approximately 51 8402 inches or a surface and so 45' (13.716 m) wide x 8' (2.438 m) high as it readies for official exposition. More than 10 000 elements must be produce to cover such a space and to have the desired effect.

I have set this initial personal contributions as I believe it is the minimun ammount of works needed to acheive a critical mass that will simulate the minimum desired effect of the envisionned larger work. An effect that will spark a substantial and enthusiastic reaction to its diversification.

This initial production of elements is a symbolic gesture on my part as a founder of the Nature of Multiplicity. A means of ‘belonging’ to the work and in no way being sole owner or creator of the work. What is more I have estimated that if this work is to be successful and and stable so as to encourage growthe for the duration of a typical exhibition (up to two weeks) it must be able to regenerate as much loss from its integrity through ongoing chain of creation of inception and dissipation. In other words any pieces sold or given to support the project would have to be replaced in order to overcome the deficit and encourage its growth.

The true life cycle of the work will be determined by the response to the works of its inherent message on its gallery circuits. The message of N.o.M. is a participative one. To create a communal work of art which is meant to live a life of its own, provide multiple meanings by its manipulation and grow in aesthetics variations, meaning through the communal reintegration of and exchange of its elements.

Naturally the second stage of N.o.M. is therefore to be contributed by the viewer.  Participating visitors, novices and experts alike, will be encouraged to take from and put back to the work in order to regenerate the word but also attach other personal meanings to the work. Only then will the work find its true value. 

Within a grander optic N.o.M is to travel and growing as a work of art and I would truly love that it moves from small to large venues onwards through independent spaces and other galleries and hopefully to art biennales as a work representing international and worldly multiplicity.

See the extant “Nature of multiplicity.”