DescriptionAcrylic on Canvas. 50' by 30'. August, 2009.
This picture has to do with my mental image of Flimsy, an afterworld that I'm describing in my novel 'Jim and the Flims.' I wanted to fit and endless world into a finite volume---it might be that Flimsy (the afterworld) is inside each electron. I turned to M. C. Escher's engraving, 'Smaller and Smaller I,' as an example of how to fit infinity into a nutshell. You have things shrink as they approach the middle.
I started with six streams of beings: humans, cuttlefish, dogs, ants, lizards, and birds. And then, again following Escher, I filled in the blank areas with globby beings designed to fiit the available spaces.
Rudy Rucker, Los Gatos, California Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementRudy Rucker is a well-known science-fiction writer who enjoys painting surreal Pop SF scenes that are often related to incidents in his books. His favorite artists include Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, Rene Magritte, Wayne Thiebaud, R. Crumb and Carl Barks.
Born in Kentucky in 1946, he studied mathematics, earning a Ph. D. in the theory of infinite sets. He worked first as mathematics professor, then as a computer science professor, coming to rest in Silicon Valley, where he now paints, photographs, and writes novels full time.
Rucker has published over 30 books, mostly speculative fiction. A founder of the cyberpunk school of literature, Rucker also writes in a realistic/fantastic style known as transrealism. Rucker took up painting in 1999 while doing research for his historical novel about the life of Peter Bruegel, As Above, So Below. He often paints pictures as a way of imagining the worlds of his novels such as The Hacker and Ants, The Hollow Earth, Frek and the Elixir and Mathematicians in Love. and Postsingular.