The Origin & Future of the Blood (2009-2011)

The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal spent his life working on what was to be a comprehensive defense of Christianity. The work was never completed, and what remained upon his death was a box-full of scraps and sometimes sheets of notes. The fragments assembled by editors and called the “Pensées” range from brilliant stand-alone aphorisms to lengthy apologies for Christian doctrine; from the parsing of Biblical minutiae to puzzling pronouncements. The “Origin & Future of the Blood” is a series of responses to Pascal, specifically to what I see as the big issues of being human: passions, reason, religion, knowledge, spirituality, social behavior, existentialism, time, etc. The project moved through a number of materials and phases, including a guerilla installation of sculptures in Portland, Oregon.

Apparent Discrepancies

Twin Infinities

Diversion

The Six Ages 4: The First Age

The Last Chapter

Miracles

Either/Or

Diversion

The Six Ages 4

The Six Ages 2

Immateriality

A Lame Mind

Too Much or Too Little Wine

How Vain Painting Is

Eternal Silence

Justice as Fashion

Monster

A Trifle

Thinking Reed

The Wager

Absent Pleasures Are Vain

Those Who Boast

Everything That Is Incomprehensible Does Not Cease to Exist

Contra

No Captain

A Cipher

What Part Feels?

Those Who Seek

“The Parrot Wipes Its Beak Although It Is Clean”

“How Many Kingdoms Know Nothing of Us”

“Figures”

“Beyond the Senses”

“Outside Yourself”

“Madness”

The Six Ages 6

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” gallery installation view

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” gallery installation view

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” gallery installation view

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” gallery installation view

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” gallery installation view

Perpetual Motion [paper]

“Smiling”

“Blind Some”

“The Heart Has Its Reasons”

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” guerilla installation

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” guerilla installation

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” guerilla installation

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” guerilla installation

“The Origin and Future of the Blood” guerilla installation