I paint to express my ideas and emotions about the
Universe we live in, among other things. Our Sciences and Technologies are having a significant impact on earth and all the life on it. We are accumulating knowledge at an ever increasing rate in pursuit of the answers to questions about almost everything imaginable.
As we learn more about life on earth and the Universe
around us we have become aware of the random behavior of
some of the subatomic particles that are in all of the atoms that
make up our known Universe, ourselves included. This led us to realize that we know a lot less than we thought we knew. Part of the reason being is that now we know that our known Universe is only about 4% or so of the total mass that is out there. The rest is called Dark Matter and Dark Energy. At this point in time no one knows what they are made of and are only detectable by deduction. This is an example of knowing something we know nothing about.
Will we as social creatures be able to adapt to this massive acquisition of knowledge? Typically we will continue our quest to acquire as much knowledge as we can. After all it's what we do. Every living thing has its own unique view of what its life is about. I believe every living thing is connected to every
other living thing by the common goal of survival. I also
believe that the Universe is an all inclusive symbiotic and parasitic coalition of organic and inorganic matter just like us. A Universe that is in a constant state of change and as a famous Doctor once said, "It's Alive ! It's Alive!"
We seek to make sense of it all by using mathematics
and logic. The system has proven to be affective. We are now
able to explore the space beyond our atmosphere. This requires very precise control of the movement of man made objects in space. However, things can and do go wrong. I believe many of the things that go wrong are part of the way our known Universe is set up. It may be providing for flexibility in its interactions with Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The random behavior of some subatomic particles may be a built-in set of variables to meet this
specific need as well as a general need for flexibility in its interactions with itself.
Who knows? This may be nothing more than a," tale
told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing." To me
it means that we now have many more possible past, present
and future realities to indulge our imaginations with. It's
so amazing it's almost unbelievable. If I am wrong about any of
the concepts stated above please allow me at this point to claim
Take an interest in our environment from the depths of the earth and as far as our minds can see beyond the stars into the depths of the Universe. It's where we live. We don't know everything about it but we know enough to be amazed by it!
PAINTING BY RIVERA, RICHARD M. SR.
I THINK MY INTEREST IN THE ARTS CAME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF MY MOTHER TAKING, MY SISTER AND I ON FREQUENT TRIPS TO MUSEUMS IN MANHATTAN. AT ABOUT THE AGE OF 10-11 I STARTED DRAWING FROM COMIC BOOKS. THEN FROM FIGURE AND FACE DRAWING BOOKS. THEN PAINTING WITH PAINT BY NUMBER SETS. THEN FREE HAND PAINTING. I WAS IN THE MILITARY FOR FOUR YEARS. WHEN I GOT OUT I WENT TO WORK AND TOOK DRAWING CLASSES AT THE ART STUDENTS LEAUGE. AFTER THAT I TOOK BASIC PAINTING AND SCULPTURE CLASSES AT THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS. AT ABOUT THE END OF BASIC PAINTING I ASKED OUR INSTRUCTOR , MR. CHRIS HOW TO PAINT A SKY. HE CAME OVER TO MY EASEL,GATHERED THE CLASS AROUND AND IN RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST FOR HELP PAINTED THREE SKIES IN THREE DIFFERENT STYLES. HE THEN TOLD THE CLASS THAT THEIR IS ON RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO PAINT ANYTHING. WE SHOULD MAKE THINGS LOOK THE WAY WE THINK THEY SHOULD LOOK. WE SHOULD PAINT OUR FEELINGS ABOUT THINGS IN A WAY THAT MAKES US FEEL GOOD.IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR I DON'T BELIVE I FINISHED THE FIRST PART OF INTERMEDIATE PAINTING. I INSTAD LEFT SVA TO DEVELOP MY STYLE OF PAINTING. EVERY LIVING THING HAS IT'S OWN UNIQUE VIEW OF WHAT IT'S LIFE IS ABOUT. I BELIEVE EVERY LIVING THING IS CONNECTED TO EVERY OTHER LIVING BY A COMMOM GOAL. THAT GOAL IS TO SURVIVE. I BELIEVE THAT OUR PLANET IS A SYMBIOTIC COALITION OF ORGANIC AND INORGANIC MATTER THAT IS ATTEMPTING , NOT ONLY TO SURVIVE BUT ALSO TO EXTEND ITSELF BEOND THIS PLANET. OUR PART IN THIS IS TO SERVE AS THE SPEARHEAD IN THIS ENDEAVOR. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THE ABOVE MENTIONED FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. EVER SCINCE WE, GOT HERE FROM SOMEWHERE ELES IN THE UNIVERSE OR EVOLVED HERE AS THE BREW SIMMERED IN THE POT. IT LOOKS LIKE WE BEGAN IN THE WATER. FROM THERE WE MOVED ON TO THE LAND. THEN INTO THE AIR . ALL THE WHILE WE WERE GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN ALL THREE LEVELS. NOW WE HAVE REACHED THE FOURTH LEVEL. WE HAVE GONE PAST OUR ATMOSPHERE INTO THE SPACE SURROUNDING OUR HOME PLANET.