LITTLE ERUVS ON THE HILLSIDE
A new post from YUM’s curator. Follow him at zcurator.tumblr.com.
To him, this watercolor depicting the flow of particles looks like the quilt of seemingly random settlements below a plane as you flyover and look down. it might also look like lots of little houses with court yards and alcoves, the type that were the impetus for the eruv, the physical ritual boundary around Jewish neighborhoods — which happens to be the featured topic in YUM’s incredible exhibition, It’s a Thin Line - The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond.
BEAUTY OF THE POTENTIAL
This lovely image, which perhaps looks like a patchwork of new subdivisions, or an overhead view of rice paddies, or the design for a microchip, is actually a watercolor drawing of the potential flow of particles.
To me, it also kind of looks like houses… which is perhaps saying something if we consider the ways that human settlement patterns occur. Is it surprising that as houses and towns coalesce into being from the scattered discrete concentrations of individual structures, that the dispersion of particles should be any different? Put differently, when we flyover cities, towns and other settlements, should we be surprised if they appear somehow organic? … well, unless, like me, you live in a grid. :)
Écoulements potentiels sous les particules
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40x28cm drawing watercolor _ paper 75x55cm _ Fabrice Clapiès