Despite countless theories and discoveries of multiple universes, the phenomenon still remains a question. However, conspiracies aside, it got very popular among many categories of culture. Artists, as the history suggests, had been inspired by the ‘Astronomical Art’ since the beginning of times, were yet more inspired and awed by the idea of trillions of colossal universes combining to form an Infinite Universe.
A California-based artist, A. Gregg Pader who has been creating art since the 1970s, was also inspired by the same idea and produced his project called “The infinite Universe” in 2016 which ended in 2018. Since the age of 11, he had been inspired by the circles. “From the beginning, my art was occasionally peppered with circles”, he claims. Although he had been using shapes since the beginning, he had no particular reason for the attraction towards circles. He does acclaim that his encounter as a child with a clerk in an ice cream shop where they coin slipped from his hands and landed on its side, erected on the table, created his fondness of circles. After years of that encounter, when he started painting as an adult and kept drawing circles unconsciously in every painting, only then he realized that the coin encounter was an omen.
After that, he began to eliminate other shapes and focused on the circles on his paintings and therefore got the success. In the year 2016, he started working on his project “Infinite Universe” in which he represents his own imagination that an infinite number of the universes exist. He justifies, “I am not a scientist and have no scientific proof of my theory, but as an artist, I can only present my idea through my creations.” However, besides circles, he sporadically intersperses his paintings with arc lines and broken dashes-which are also the symbols of movement-that contributes to the creation of a continuously moving universe. He also used very bright and intense colors; the contrast in his artwork is peculiarly yet alluringly vivid.
Another prospect that makes his work exceptional and ‘avant-garde’ is the perspective of thinking involved in the composition of his artwork. He creates his paintings not on a plain canvas but the 6-sided cubes. All sides of the cubed canvases are then designed and painted with circular shapes along with lines and arcs that depict the movement of an infinite universe. He combines a total of nine of these cube universes to create an artwork. So, there are actually 54 different images on one art piece. What is more to it, is that all of the nine cubes are interchangeable and can be reconfigured according to the observer’s own perception. Hence, with one art piece, there are 11,000 different possible placements according to one’s own will and liking.
Although the images are based on randomly placed circles, logic is still apparent in his art. There is a perfect balance of lines, shapes, and colors which complement each other and satisfy not only the logic but also stimulates unique emotions of tranquility and calm; similar to the ones of a person gazing into an infinite universe.
Currently, Pader is working on the sequel of his collection which he titles as, “Infinite Universe II’. One can only imagine how enthralling the second series would be after looking at the dynamic aesthetics and a phenomenal, captivating, artist’s perspective in the first series.