Song for Luke
In the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All
Things, rose naked from Chaos
Finding nothing substantial to rest upon, She
divided up from down and danced upon the difference. Her
movement made Her lustful. Her lust became a snake, Ophion, behind Her. Growing lonely, She turned and
coupled with Ophion, Her own movement. In due process of
Time, she laid the Universal Egg out of which tumbled everything
else, Her children (the Gods), the sun, moon, stars, and planets,
the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs and all
A Pelasgian (pre-Greek) creation myth, c. 3500 B.C.
"Song for Luke"
was created in Spring l976 in Detroit and consists of a
limited edition of closely related works. The mirror backing
and base are acrylic. The completely solid state circuitry
(tin-flashed copper on epoxy fiberglass) utilizes TTL logic
(permanent collection of the Detroit
Institute of Arts)
266 WORDS (EQUAL TO THE ABOVE DIAGRAM)
The 16 cell shift register has two inputs: the
Shift input and the Data input. The register is animated through
these inputs by two light sensitive oscillators. The Data input
oscillates faster with an increase of light level. Each
oscillation of the Shift input causes whatever Data (on or off)
that is in the cells to shift up one cell. New data is loaded
into the first cell with each oscillation of the Shift input.
Whether the state of the first cell will be "off" or "on" is
determined by the condition of the Data input at the time the
shift occurs. If the Data input is "on" when the Shift occurs,
then an "on" state will occupy the first cell. Subsequent
Shift oscillations will advance that data up the 16 cells.
The effect is to create a row of lights moving up the
center of the sculpture. The moving light patterns in the
red square at top are achieved by letting each of the shift
register cells control four symmetrically placed light emitting
diodes in the square 64 diode matrix.
In other words, one "eye" sees light, the other
"eye' sees darkness. Each"eye" emits a frequency. The results
of comparing the two frequencies creates the light patterns.
Since the eyes are capable of registering imperceptable
changes in ambient light level and since the mathematical
relationship of the two frequencies may be complex, the moving
light pattern constantly changes.
One perception of light sings
a song of boundaries,
distinctions and gradients;
Another contemplates darkness
and chants of "ON" and "OFF".
Seeking each other
sequence awareness, meaning.
Saint Luke, the patron saint of both
physicians and artists, is reputed to have been the first to
attempt an image of the Mother of God.
This sculpture, inspired by a dream I had about
St. Luke and Eurynome, was created in gratitude and celebration
of my wife's successful cancer surgery. Song for Luke is
dedicated to the physicians and staff of Henry Ford Hospital in