What does Infinite Continuum mean?
The name of this painting is INFINITE CONTINUUM. It’s an unframed original 48″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas painting. For me, this painting is about new beginnings, new horizons, and new possibilities. What does this painting mean to you?
There seems to be several theories, or interpretations, for what Infinite Continuum means. In my basic research for this post I found three that are mentioned, or alluded to. I’m sure that there are infinitely more.
George Cantor’s theory.
One theory for what infinite continuum means has to do with 19th century mathematician George Cantor’s theory pertaining to cardinal sets of numbers. In short, while it may seem that a numerical progression like 1,2,3,4, etc…to infinity, would be twice as long as a numerical set only using even numbers, like 2,4,6,8, 10, etc…., Cantor theorized that the greater size of infinity isn’t larger by our normal idea of size, but in density. Think length and width, and depth, throughout eternity.
Basically, with his work, Cantor introduced and proved a mathematical theory having to do with infinity, which in the 19th century, put him in a ridiculed position with his peers for most of his life. Today the idea of infinity isn’t beyond the realm of comprehension for many people, but in the 1900’s Cantors theory, having to do with infinity, caused quite a stir. I’ll let the reader take time to consider this, and to do your own research on the subject. I’m not a mathematician, so this concept might be more than what my feeble mind can fully comprehend, and explain. One thing to note is that George Cantor himself, while being a mathematician, was also a theologian, and considered that his theory of infinity, using cardinal sets of numbers, was given to him by God, and that in this capacity he was acting as Gods secretary. So, while this is a mathematical theory, for Cantor, it was also spiritual, and inspired by God.
An ever-expanding chain of cause and effect
Another interpretation of Infinite Continuum has to do with the ever-expanding chain of cause and effect, where each cause results in at least two effects, in answer to the question “why” regarding the cause. The cause and effects chain just keeps on expanding, as each level of possible cause is greeted by another question why. In short, the ever-expanding chain of cause and effect seems to drive home the idea that the more there is to know, the more we really don’t know.
Infinite Continuum and the Arts
I’ve also seen the words Infinite Continuum used as the name for a Hip Hop jazz band out of France, produced by True Flave, featuring DJ Mister Bibal, whose music is pretty good .
and as the name of a dance production group out of Toronto, Canada, in 2013, choreographed by Christina Digiuseppe. Ms. Digiuseppe’s current dance production is called EXYST.
Could it be, that where the term Infinite Continuum is concerned, the use by the artistic community is expressing the relationship of the creative arts, with infinite energy and inspiration, and the source of all creation, whatever that happens to be?
To Infinity, and Beyond!
For me, and some others, Infinite Continuum suggests the idea of eternity, not just stretching out into the future, but as it has always been, even before we, our world, our universe, our galaxy, or our time, as we understand time, ever existed. Alpha and Omega. I also think it’s representative of aspects of self-improvement, enlightenment, inspiration, growth, balance, creation, recreation, and resurrection.
Is the subject of the painting a new creation?
Is the subject of the painting a new creation? Notice how the limbs aren’t complete, as though the being is still a work in progress, with the entire world, universe, destiny, and their future, infinitely stretching out before them.
It’s a very interesting and thought-provoking painting. It’s very contemplative and inspirational. It’s signed by the painter in the lower right hand corner, as you look at the painting. It’s titled on the back, INFINITE CONTINUUM. The painters name appears to be DeTaylor RC, and it’s dated 93.