Fallen Tree Exhibitions
Art | Exhibition | Education | Activism
“If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?"
The “fallen Tree” is a reference to this question in quantum theory and philosophy. With a special interest in the experiential, the intimacy, and the quality of provisional nature in art. The human experience, that out weighs any of our expectations, assumptions, or methods of questioning.
Those things that can only be discovered not predicted. Like an electron with probabilities for appearing ‘here’ or ‘there’. Things are what they are. Yet, ‘things-as-they-are’, are only ‘things-as-they-appear’. An illusion and a physical phenomenon. The fallen tree in the forest makes a noise whether we are there or not.
The same can be said in making art. The viewer is rarely present in this process. They can only discern and experience what might have happened. Maybe learn and take pleasure in the narrative. Re-live it, and imagine the sound of the tree falling in the forest. Regardless, of an audience or any human observations. When a tree falls it does make a noise. The artist makes art and it is what it is.
Those moments of chance, of discovery, of awakening, are the makings of a meaningful life. The unexpected, the unmeasurable, and the profound subtleties that liberate and heighten our human experience. The gold that we incessantly seek is the tree that fell in the forest.