The Content of Nature

James K-M, 1988

Paul Cezanne, our father of modern art, a Moses who never reached the promised land, wrote in 1904: “Treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone…”

In other words, and for my purposes, the square, the circle, the triangle, the three basic forms in nature.

Essentially though, the square is reduced to the vertical and horizontal, the circle to the curve, the triangle to the diagonal.

The vertical and horizontal incise space and stretch time, the curve contemplates itself, the diagonal traverses surface.

Simply, to incise space is to sin, to stretch time is to tempt fate, to contemplate self is to meditate, to traverse surface is to gesture.