Monday, May 14, 2012

Gödel, Escher and Snark



“Taking Three as the subject to reason about —
A convenient number to state—
We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
By One Thousand diminished by Eight.

This is not a medically approved mathematical operation …

This is not an insight into the Essence of the Number Three …

This is not the Royal Road to 19840 …

This is not a comment upon the intractable unreality of all Numbers …

This is not a jaded Christ Church don’s comment upon the futility of impressing the intractable unreality of all Numbers upon his all-too-real thickheaded students …

This is not a Montreal illustrator’s comment upon the futility of impressing his long-suffering wife with yet another display of his useless facility* in mimicking the Victorian wood engraving style instead of mimicking a freshly-served hot supper …

This is not an image of an image which is not what it seems to be …

This is not the sort of thing which the general public has come to expect, thank god …

This is not the unexpected work of a far better artist …

This is not a clue to the fabled and elusive meaning of The Hunting of the Snark, for this is not clairvoyance.

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* Nor is this a pathetic attempt to gain the attention of any readers interested in my illustrations to J-C Valtat's impending steampunk opus, Luminous Chaos, (coming out from Melville House this Fall) illustrations done as a groveling homage to the various Vernian illustrators whose works were themselves a misguided attempt to gain the attentions of readers in a dimly perceived future whose disdain for contemplating any illustrative work more complex than the ink-daubed meanderings of a concussed bumblebee would eventually stagger all of our collective, transtemporal, illustrative minds.