Title: Gravity
Artist: David Spriggs
Location: East Bund-Mingsheng Art Wharf, Shanghai, China
Exhibition: Lost in Play II. 28 Apr. – 7 May, 2019
Date: 2019
Size: 3.2 x 4 x 3.2 m
 / 125 x 158 x 125 inches
Materials: Layered painted transparencies, framework.

Form is the visible configuration of parts coming together into a shape or structure. The Cubists painted objects simultaneously from many viewpoints in one image. In effect, they were representing how we perceive and how we understand a form from a combination of many viewpoints. It is in our mind that we join these various viewpoints together to understand of how an object resides in space.  In a similar manner, the separate multiple layered images in the artwork ‘Gravity’ are collectively joined together in our mind to reveal the sense of a three-dimensional form.  We perceive all the images of ‘Gravity’ simultaneously as a form, but one without boundaries.

The implied motion around a central axis in the artwork ‘Gravity’ is not unlike the circular navigation of the viewer who walks around the work in order to comprehend its three-dimensional nature.