Artist and writer, Richard Bright, has addressed the relationship between art, science and consciousness for over 30 years. In his recent series of drawings he explores the process of thinking.
We haven’t really paid much attention to thought as a process. We have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process1 (David Bohm)
Brainscape #32, Pen and Ink, 40 x 40cms, 2016
Line encapsulates within its structure an intensity and intimacy visible primarily to the artist creator. Line exists between two points of hidden context, between two points of mystery.
Lines mark the boundaries between inside and out, but they also dissolve them.
Continuous or broken, curved or straight, free-floating or geometric, line can define and divide surfaces, create light and shade, be used for communication, reveal thinking.
Brainscape #36, Pen and Ink, 40 x 40cms, 2017
Thought processes (citta viithi) have been analyzed in great detail in the Buddhist Abhidhamma.
A complete thought process, experienced after a physical or mental object enters the mind, is made up of seventeen thought moments (citta kha.na), including functions of receiving, registering, memory, and volition. These thought moments follow one another in extremely rapid succession, each depends on the previous one.
Lines of Thought #27, Pen and Ink, 40 x 30cms, 2016
Lines of Thought #42, Pen and Ink, 40 x 30cms, 2017
Brainscape #39, Pen and Ink, 40 x 30cms, 2017
A line is drawn, in ink, on black paper. At first, the line is not easily distinguishable. Remembering the first, the second line follows. Remembering the previous, the next responds. And so on and so on.
The drawer is drawing, if you like, in the dark, attending and navigating through the space of the paper. Moving through time past.
After a while the first lines reveal themselves, ink drying on the black paper. The process of receiving, registering, memory and volition continues. Line responding to the previous.
Gradually, the structure begins to unfold.
Brainscape #40, Pen and Ink, 25 x 25cms, 2017
Pathways, Pen and Ink, 25 x 25cms, 2017
Brainscape #43, Marker Pen, 25 x 25cms. 2017
Brainscape #45, Marker Pen, 2017
Brainscape #47, Marker Pen, 2017
Brainscape #48, Marker Pen, 2017
1. David Bohm, On Dialogue, Routledge, 1996, p10, (Lee Nichol – editor)