The Key, 2009
Photomontage (whereabouts unknown)
'The Key' is a visual map tracing the future return of abstract painting to landscape. An initial pattern determined using Piet Mondrian's late, sometimes unfinished paintings was subjected to the 'Game of Life,' a process invented by British mathematician John Conway, in which individual squares 'live' (remain) or 'die' (disappear) according to the status of their immediate neighbors. For instance, any square with more than three neighbors 'dies' of overcrowding. Identical images bracket the timeline's 10 segments, or roughly a century: Mondrian's 'Blue Chrysanthemum,' a delicate, slightly wilted stem in watercolor and ink.