136, 2018-01, Montagne d’Or (der Gute Berg), oil on linen, 60 x 90″ (148 x 228cm) (detail, 2)

This is a study of a study of incommensurables, with a view of Mount Meru, the golden mountain at the center of the universe. In the foreground are two spectral figures seated opposing each other in complement, an Aristotelian “square of opposition”, àla Russell and Wittgenstein. The glass cube Map Room is an allusion to Francis Bacon by way of David Lynch, and the theme, aesthetic, and bittersweetness was inspired by Orbus Terrarum by the Orb, the passing of geologic deep time, and the fever dream vision of a Penrose hypercube.