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    Laffoley's Odyssey ///// Diagrams of Occult Infinity


    "In 1969, R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), the pre-eminent 20th Century engineer for the United States, and perhaps the World, threw out a very personal challenge. It was in the form of a book entitled Utopia or Oblivion daring the earth to make the choice. Reading now as both a futuristic and nostalgic tract, it appeared in 1969 like a literary barn-burner manifesto of the 1920’s Classical Modernist variety.

    Agreeing with the spirit of his message, I believe that not enough time has elapsed for the world to both absorb and accept the impact of his dare and to transform the soul of it into a completed cultural artifact. We must do it now utilizing whatever means we can. There have been, however, a few groups of Futurists who over the past 32 years have heeded Fuller’s message, and have attempted a convergence of as many aspects of human knowledge as possible within their limits. The goal of our present endeavor is to produce a transdisciplinary world-view which will sustain human existence into a continuous future. This, of course, was the basic message of Fuller’s book. "

    ~ Paul Laffoley, Lecture, "Utopic Space"

    Time travel, Kiesler, absolute life and death, building a tesseract house, color breathing... Though I've not read his commentary thoroughly enough to say how well our views correlate, I deeply admire the stunning hyper-complexity and diversity of Paul Laffoley's obsessive diagrams. I strongly advise viewing these works up close (1, 2 ; also see links at bottom).

    * Some may recognize "The Metatron" from the cover of disinformation's Generation Hex *











    { Biography, Gallery, Laffoley's Odyssey, Some Explanations, Catalogue Raisonne }



    "It is said that if the Time Machine really existed, we would already know of it.
    I say it has always been here, and we are beginning to become aware of it."

    ~ PL, "Geochronmechane: The Time Machine from the Earth" (1990) ~

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    Michael Garrett     Sat, Jan 19, 2008  Permanent link
    The diagrams are fantastic, they could easily be hung in a pop surreal art exhibition and look like they belonged in the collection. Thanks for pointing them out, I thoroughly enjoyed them.
    Michael Gaio     Thu, Sep 11, 2008  Permanent link
    Laffoley is by far my favorite artist. After decades of quietly crafting a strange (or not so strange) omni-conceptual universe with paint ... he is just now being discovered with his multitude of masterful works.

    His art points to the approaching threshold of synchronic knowledge and collective awareness of the multidimensional object.

    This work inspires me to create along a similar creative stream: visually rich conceptual frameworks over interactive multi-touch screens!
         Fri, Sep 12, 2008  Permanent link
    I'd love to buy one of these posters, the amount of detail in them is intense. I've seen them a couple of times and they always just draw me in, and even if I have no idea what the hell it's going on about, it's still some of the most beautifully presented and interesting to look at kind of thing around.
    Michael Gaio     Fri, Sep 12, 2008  Permanent link
    Posters are available here.
    etherhill     Fri, Sep 12, 2008  Permanent link
    I'd love to get one of those microchip implants that he has in his brain...anyone know where they sell those? Laffoley rules!
    Michael Gaio     Mon, Sep 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Microchip implants available here. On sale now! Get em' while they last ...
    LED     Mon, Sep 15, 2008  Permanent link
    I tried to promote this post but the button is not available.
    Mission Control     Mon, Sep 15, 2008  Permanent link
    LED—if the Promote button is unavailable this likely means that you have already promoted it or that you are not logged in.
    LED     Wed, Sep 17, 2008  Permanent link
    Thanks, Mission Control!
    First Dark, feel promoted twice by me.
    First Dark     Thu, Sep 18, 2008  Permanent link
    hehe Thanks much LED! : )
         Thu, Sep 18, 2008  Permanent link
    Weird, I was looking for highres pics of his stuff and couldn't quite find any and then all of the sudden it's on boingboing.

    http://www.boingboing.net/images/Laffoley_Mel's%20Hole,2008.jpg

    and one other I spotted:
    http://www.miqel.com/images_1/myspace/laffoley/set-2/dimensionality-large2.jpg
     
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