PRINT January 1987


Epic theoreticians of the new multidimensional perspective, Mitchell Feigenbaum and Benoit Mandelbrot are represented with Zeno of Elea in the foreground of Mark Tansey’s grand allegorical painting Achilles and the Tortoise, 1986. Indeed, all of Tansey’s paintings move along tangents of awesome eclecticness, consistently upping the ante of pictorial possibilities, and playing games with established patterns of painterly practice (the picture’s internal behavior) and of depiction (the painting’s external behavior toward its subjects). What in Achilles and the Tortoise is implied by the explicit footnote of the figures of Feigenbaum and Mandelbrot is in other of his paintings an intuitive collaboration with the ruptures taking place today in the idea of order. The theories of these two scientists, repeating and thereby extending order’s loose ends until they refract into chaos, are a part

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