Simulated images of the poster design.

 

TRAVELING MUSEUM EXHIBIT

Simulated images of my paintings (to scale) with quotes by theoretical physicists placed adjacent to the paintings.

The “Quantum” Vision

Art for the New Millennium

 

 

What Is the Exhibit

The exhibit is of my paintings created over a twenty-two-year period depicting scenes seen through heightened levels of perception. Next to the paintings will be quotes by the world’s top theoretical physicists, their illuminating words describing the essence of the reality I paint. The theme of the exhibit is consciousness—highlighting its mystery, its universal and personal significance, its sublime subtleness, and its unity and power. In fact, there is no greater power in the universe. This consciousness has been known intimately by many of the greatest creative visionaries, from Walt Whitman, Rumi, and William Blake to Hildegard of Bingen, Maya Angelou, and Albert Einstein.

 

 

The Purpose of the Exhibit

 

Is there any greater mystery than this world—these forms, full of life? Do we fathom their mystery? What is it we are seeing? What is the true nature of things? Is it all consciousness? This exhibit has as its goal to inspire people to explore these questions—to think about their interpretations of their world. And as they go deeper into such questions, coming to their own revelations, enriching their lives. For some, the exhibit could have immediate effects, so that when they walk out of the exhibit they have the possibility of seeing through different eyes a rich new world.

Quotes Next to Paintings

 

There are 47 paintings and drawings available for the exhibit to choose from. The following are just a few examples with the quotes beneath them. Some of these paintings are quite large and need to be experienced directly to feel their full effect.

Space-the Interpretation of the Unified Field VIII

61” x 74”    Mixed media on canvas    2014

 

“Our poets do not write about it; our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. I don't know why. Is nobody inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers... This is not yet a scientific age.”

 

“You can always recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity.”  

                                                                                

                                              Richard P. Feynman

Richard Phillips Feynman  May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world.

Boy in French Town 

53.5” x 62”    Mixed media on canvas    2016

 

“Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot be discovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying each part by itself... We must keep our attention fixed on the whole and on the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of our intellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut between science, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to the sum of its various parts.”                                                Max Planck

Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947) was a German physicist who is widely regarded as one of the most significant scientists in history. He developed a simple but revolutionary concept that was to become the foundation of a new way of looking at the world, called quantum theory.

In 1900, to solve a vexing problem concerning the radiation emitted by a glowing body, he introduced the radical view that energy is transmitted not in the form of an unbroken (infinitely subdivisible) continuum, but in discrete, particle-like units. He called each such unit a quantum. This concept was not immediately accepted by physicists, but it ultimately changed the very foundations of physics.

In 1905, Albert Einstein used that concept to explain the photoelectric effect, and in 1913, Niels Bohr used the same idea to explain the structures of atoms. From then on, Planck's idea became central to all of physics. He received the Nobel Prize in 1918, and both Einstein and Bohr received the prize a few years later.

 

 

Western Still Life Series         2015

 

“What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”              Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 to April 18, 1955) was a German mathematician and physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize for physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. In the following decade, he immigrated to the United States. In his later years, Einstein focused on unified field theory. With his passion for inquiry, Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

As a physicist, Einstein had many discoveries, but he is perhaps best known for his theory of relativity and the equation E = mc2 . Einstein first proposed a special theory of relativity in 1905 in his paper, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” taking physics in an electrifying new direction. By November 1915, Einstein completed the general theory of relativity. Einstein considered this theory the culmination of his life research.

He was convinced of the merits of general relativity because it allowed for a more accurate prediction of planetary orbits around the sun, which fell short in Isaac Newton’s theory, and for a more expansive, nuanced explanation of how gravitational forces worked. Einstein's assertions were affirmed via observations and measurements by British astronomers Sir Frank Dyson and Sir Arthur Eddington during the 1919 solar eclipse, and thus a global science icon was born.

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Peninsula - Unified Field

78.5” x 66”    Mixed media on canvas    2014

 

“The world of the everyday suddenly seemed nothing but an inverted magic act, lulling its audience into believing in the usual, familiar conceptions of space and time, while the astonishing truth of quantum reality lay carefully guarded by nature's sleights of hand.”                               

                                                            Brian Randolph Greene

Brian Randolph Greene (born February 9, 1963) is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and is world-renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory, including the co-discovery of mirror symmetry and the discovery of spatial topology change. He is the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics.

 

While Greene’s research is mathematically abstract, he brings complex concepts to general audiences in varied and compelling ways. He has become known to a wider audience through his books for the general public, The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and related PBS television specials.

Sausalito – Dimensions

49” x 53”    Mixed media on canvas    2013

 

“Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.                                                                   

                                                        Erwin Schrodinger

Born on August 12, 1887, in Vienna, Austria, Erwin Schrödinger went on to become a noted theoretical physicist and scholar who came up with a groundbreaking wave equation for electron movements. He was awarded the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with British physicist P.A.M. Dirac, and later became a director at Ireland's Institute for Advanced Studies.

Schrödinger came upon the work of fellow physicist Louis de Broglie in 1925. In his 1924 thesis, De Broglie had proposed a theory of wave mechanics. This sparked Schrödinger's interest in explaining that an electron in an atom would move as a wave. The following year, he wrote a revolutionary paper that highlighted what would be known as the Schrödinger wave equation.

Following the atomic model of Niels Bohr and a thesis from de Broglie, Schrödinger articulated the movements of electrons in terms of wave mechanics as opposed to particle leaps. He provided a mode of thought to scientists that would become accepted and incorporated into thousands of papers, thus becoming an important cornerstone of quantum theory. 

San Ildefonso Pueblo VII-Dimension

57” x 86”    Mixed media on canvas    2014

 

“Our imagination is stretched to the utmost not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.”                                                                               

                                                                      Richard P. Feynman

Flat Rock-Dimension III

63” x 82”    Mixed media on canvas    2009

 

“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy.”                                                                                David Bohm

David Joseph Bohm   December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992) was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind. Bohm's main concern was with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which, according to Bohm, is never static or complete but rather an unfolding process.

Downtown

55” x 80”   Mixed media on canvas    2015

 

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”                                                                                                             Albert Einstein

“Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness.”

                                                     David Bohm

In this Dimension Among Things

56” x 43”     Mixed media on canvas     1996

 

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Music and art are, to an extent, also attempts to solve or at least to express the mystery. But to my mind, the more we progress with either, the more we are brought into harmony with all nature itself.”                                                                                                             Max Planck

Saddle -Transition of Perception

62” x 33”     Mixed media on canvas     2013

 

“Holography encodes the information in a region of space onto a surface one dimension lower.”                                                                                                                Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking 8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) Theoretical physicist, cosmologist. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

 

Stephen Hawking’s principal fields of research have been involved in theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity. Amongst many other achievements, he developed a mathematical model for Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. He has also undertaken a lot of work on the nature of the Universe, The Big Bang and Black Holes.

 

In 1974, he outlined his theory that black holes leak energy and fade away to nothing. This became known as “Hawking radiation” in 1974. With mathematicians Roger Penrose he demonstrated that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes.

 

Hawking achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking was a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

 

Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis "ALS" or Lou Gehrig's disease) that gradually paralyzed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a synthetic speech device.

 

“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. ” The Guardian (27 September 2005)

 

He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76.

Pears II

18” x 10.5”    W/C & pastel on paper    1996

 

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”                                                                                                                                     Max Planck

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Beyond Self-Referential Tactics II

56.5” x 90”    Mixed media on canvas    1990

 

“In order to more fully understand this reality, we must take into account other dimensions of a broader reality.”                                                                               John Archibald Wheeler

John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008) was an eminent American theoretical physicist, perhaps best known for linking the term "black hole" to objects with gravitational collapse already predicted early in the 20th century. Not only did he coin the term “black hole”, but also “wormhole”, and “quantum foam.” In the 1930s, he developed the important “S-matrix” in particle physics and worked with Niels Bohr to explain nuclear fission in terms of quantum physics. Later, he developed the equation of state for cold, dead stars and hypothesize the "one-electron universe.”

 

He was largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II. Together with Gregory Breit, Wheeler developed the concept of the Breit–Wheeler process. He also collaborated with Albert Einstein in his search for a Grand Unified Theory of physics.

Wheeler earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Karl Herzfeld, and studied under Breit and Bohr on a National Research Council fellowship. In 1939 he teamed up with Bohr to write a series of papers using the liquid drop model to explain the mechanism of fission.

Energy/Matter, Space/Time, and Consciousness 

56.5” x 106”    Mixed media on canvas    1990

 

“Relativity challenges your basic intuitions that you've built up from everyday experience. It says your experience of time is not what you think it is, that time is malleable. Your experience of space is not what you think it is; it can stretch and shrink.”                                                                                                                                            Brian Randolph Greene

 “The scientist needs an artistically creative imagination.”                                                                    Max Planck

By the Bay-Unified Field

56” x 84”    Mixed media on canvas    2016

 

“The total number of minds in the universe is one.”                                                                                           Erwin Schrodinger

“Our perceiving self is nowhere to be found in the world-picture, because it itself is the world-picture.”                Erwin Schrodinger

 

 

Chico Buttes I

30” x 40”    Oil on canvas    1996

 

“The universe is incredibly wondrous, incredibly beautiful, and it fills me with a sense that there is some underlying explanation that we have yet to fully understand.”                              Brian Greene

Lady Dancers- Unity

72” x 96”    Mixed media on canvas     2017

“The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts.”                            David Bohm

Richard's Ranch & Vineyard

51” x 82”    Mixed media on canvas     2011

“Science enhances the moral value of life, because it furthers a love of truth and reverence—love of truth displaying itself in the constant endeavor to arrive at a more exact knowledge of the world of mind and matter around us, and reverence, because every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.”                                                                                   Max Planck

Death Valley I -Dimension

33” x 45”    Mixed media on canvas    1996

 "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”                                                                    Albert Einstein

 

 “The task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see every day.”                                                                                           Erwin Schrodinger

Dinner Party-Unified Field

56” x 64”    Mixed media on canvas    2005

                     “Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind.”                                                                                Erwin Schrodinger

“We do not belong to this material world that science constructs for us. We are not in it; we are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe that we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture. Our bodies belong to it. Not only my own body, but those of my friends, also of my dog and cat and horse, and of all the other people and animals. And this is my only means of communicating with them.”                                                                                                      Erwin Schrodinger

San Ildefonso Pueblo V

53” x 74”    Mixed media on canvas    2013

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”                                                                                Niels Bohr

Niels Henrik David Bohr (Danish: 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danish physicist who completely transformed our view of the atom and its atomic structure. He reshaped our understanding of how nature operates at the atomic scale and made foundational contributions to quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr was also a philosopher and a promoter of scientific research.

Bohr developed the Bohr model of the atom, in which he proposed that energy levels of electrons are discrete and that the electrons revolve in stable orbits around the atomic nucleus but can jump from one energy level (or orbit) to another. Although the Bohr model has been supplanted by other models, its underlying principles remain valid. He conceived the principle of complementarity: that items could be separately analyzed in terms of contradictory properties, like behaving as a wave or a stream of particles. The notion of complementarity dominated Bohr's thinking in both science and philosophy.

Bohr founded the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen, now known as the Niels Bohr Institute, which opened in 1920.

Death Valley IX

41.5” x 64”    Mixed media on canvas    2008

“Every man's world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind and cannot be proved to have any other existence.”        

                                                                Erwin Schrodinger

Peaches-Unified Field

9” x 17”    Mixed media on paper    2012

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”                                                                                        Max Planck

San Ildefonso Pueblo V

53” x 74”    Mixed media on canvas    2013

“The internal machinery of life, the chemistry of the parts, is something beautiful. And it turns out that all life is interconnected with all other life.”                                                                                          Richard P. Feynman 

 

 “There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction.”      Erwin Schrodinger

Man with Blindfold II

51.5”x75.5”    Mixed media on canvas    2013

“Sometimes nature guards her secrets with the unbreakable grip of physical law. Sometimes the true nature of reality beckons from just beyond the horizon.”                                                Brian  Randolph Greene

Portuguese Beach, Mendocino

49” x 81”    Mixed media on canvas    2017

“But in fact, we are substituting the reality of our experience of the universe with the conceptually contained belief in an independently existent material world. Is it possible that consciousness like space/time has its own intrinsic degrees of freedom, and neglecting these, will lead to a description of the universe that is fundamentally incomplete? What if our perceptions are as real or maybe in a certain sense are even more real than material objects.”                                          Andrei Linde

Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde (Russian: born March 2, 1948) is a Russian-American theoretical physicist and the Harald Trap Friis Professor of Physics at Stanford University. Linde is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, as well as the theory of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Moscow State University. In 1975, Linde was awarded a Ph.D. from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow. He worked at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) since 1989 and moved to the United States in 1990, where he became professor of physics at Stanford University.

 

Among the various awards he has received for his work on inflation, in 2002 he was awarded the Dirac Medal, along with Alan Guth of MIT and Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University. In 2004 he received, along with Alan Guth, the Gruber Prize in Cosmology for the development of inflationary cosmology. In 2012 he, along with Alan Guth, was an inaugural awardee of the Fundamental Physics Prize. In 2014 he received the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics "for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation", together with Alan Guth and Alexei Starobinsky

Russian Gulch II

54.5” x 54”    Mixed media on canvas    2017

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”                      Albert Einstein

Back View of Artist, Turtle Rock-Dimension 

28” x 34”    Mixed media on canvas    2009

“This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole.”            Erwin Schrodinger

 

“...separation of the observer from the phenomenon to be observed is no longer possible.”                                                          Werner Heisenberg

Barn, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

54.5” x 61”    Mixed media on canvas    2016

“Science…means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an aim which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp.”                                                   Max Planck

Two Islands – Mendocino

63” x 77”    Mixed media on canvas    2018

“Wheeler says, ‘Of all strange features of the universe, none are stranger than these: time is transcended, laws are mutable, and observer-participancy matters.’ According to Wheeler, the laws of physics evolve progressively in such a way as to make the universe observable.”                            Freeman Dyson

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PAINTINGS  and QUOTES DANCING TOGETHER

 

It is such a pleasure to combine my art with the words of theoretical physicists. In this modern age, many of us revere their thoughts and insights. The wisdom of the more visionary physicists is truly an astounding accomplishment of mind and the human spirit. With the power of the highest levels of intellect in conjunction with their deep inspired intuition, they unravel some of the deepest enigmas of this dimension and universe and point to the mystery of our very being.

 

When it is clear the physicists are speaking purely from their intuition, from their personal belief, or their own philosophical perspective, then like dancers, the quotes and paintings seem to move intimately and close together with seamless ease and grace. But sometimes, as the scientists speak from a purely scientific perspective, it can seem as if the quotes and paintings are stepping in divergent directions, pointing to dissimilar truths, and with different points of focus altogether. It is understandable that this would occur for it is not physics’ role to analyze the realm of intuition or the realm of perception based on higher emotion; that is not its function. There are real intentional limitations physics has placed upon itself in relation to the full spectrum of life.

Yet, I have included some of these “more challenging” quotes in this regard because the truth of what my art represents and the quotes still seem to shine a light upon each other in their juxtaposition, even in their differences, thus giving rise to contemplation. That is the beauty of all this, to create a catalyst to question—to decipher the truth of things—to test the limitations of our perceptions and interpretations, and to call us to go beyond them all to the truth of our own experience.

 

I will quote, Louis de Broglie, physicist, “Two seemingly incompatible conceptions can each represent an aspect of the truth... They may serve in turn to represent the facts without ever entering into direct conflict.”

 

 

How This Exhibit Came to Be

 

The first element that gave rise to this exhibit started in 1996 when I pulled away from the gallery/art scene to go deep into a contemplative life. During this time I would focus and meditate on the variety of scenes before me for 8 to 12 hours a day for most days of the week, studying levels of perception and their relation to the creative process. Out of this, a rich new way of looking at my world and a new approach to painting arose. Besides objects becoming more alive and energetic in my perception, a sense of this world in a dimension and a “unified field” arose. I found these perceptions do not subtract from this physical experience but only add to its mystery and wonder.

 

The second element that gave rise to the exhibit was a conversation I had with a lady who was telling me that as she was driving through the southwest, the scene before her suddenly burst open, revealing a high energy life force holding and radiating from all the forms of the landscape, and her own being extended into this energy field and was one with it. This is what I call the unified field. She said the experience was accompanied by a sense of wonder and peace and that what triggered the whole thing was looking at one of my landscape paintings two days before. How this is possible I do not know, but it did create in me the desire to share my art with more people so that they, too, perhaps would have a similar experience—an experience that for some could become a pivotal point of change in their lives.

 

The next event that gave rise to this exhibit was a local festival. I wanted to raise the energy of the event for the people putting it on by hanging my paintings in the main building where the festival was taking place. (It was one of just a few times in over twenty years that I publicly displayed my artwork.) I was enjoying watching how my art was touching people. One person came up and said, “Your paintings belong in museums.” At different times within the next few hours, four people came up to me and said the same thing. By the fourth one, something in me clicked and this idea was birthed.

 

The last important element in this exhibit arose out of a series of conference calls. On the call were people in the United States as well as Europe, and we would discuss the physical as well as the metaphysical nature of the world and of our existence. We were inspiring each other on the call to move beyond concepts into real experiences. I would always be out at the Headlands looking over the coast watching my perceptions shift as we shared our insights. We were very fortunate to have one person on the call that was a professor emeritus of physics. No matter how my perceptions would shift into seeing a higher reality—whatever the perceptions were, his words would exquisitely frame my experiences and highlight them in the words of theoretical physics—a physics that I was beginning to see was incredibly alive. His words touched everyone, bringing an added dimension to everyone’s experience. So, at the festival event when the fourth person said my art belonged in museums and I knew that would be my new direction, immediately came the idea to combine my paintings with inspirational passages from the world’s top theoretical physicists.

Paintings Hung Like Tapestries

 

As a child, I stood many times transfixed before the great hanging tapestries in the castles, palaces, and museums of Europe. I wanted to recreate that feeling with my larger paintings—where they are not bound or constrained by the solid form of a frame but are allowed to freely hang—where they “breathe” with ease.

Hanging the larger paintings like tapestries has also had other great benefits. The cost of framing is minimized; there is an ease in putting up and taking down the exhibit; and it is very simple to transport or ship, with each painting and its tapestry rod having its own tube.

Where This Exhibit Is Going

 

I have already begun the process of contacting museums in the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and China. This exhibit will also be incorporating the museums and galleries of academic institutions, where there is a strong appreciation for physics and for the creative arts.

In the studio working on a painting for the exhibit.

 

 

 

I am proposing, besides giving a presentation, “The New 'Quantum' Vision, Experiencing Consciousness - the Matrix of the Universe” at the museum or venue, to also offer the presentation at the local college and/or high school. This exploration into different ways of looking at one’s world can bring a new heightened enthusiasm and interest towards living for these students, assisting their orientation into this world in many ways. I also want to spark their curiosity, motivating them to go to the museum and there, perhaps, to find a new dynamic relationship to art and science.

 

Flyer for presentation

 

 

In closing, I would like to thank you for your curiosity and willingness to spend time on this website—to explore these images and concepts. And it is my hope that you will get the opportunity to experience this traveling museum exhibit in your area.

 

 

 

Sincerely and best wishes to you,

 

 

Micah Sanger