Digital Disorder Decade is the first comprehensive monograph on the work of New York-based artist Patrick Meagher (MAH-r; born 1973, New York City).
Work in progress.
The Fifth Dimension is an art booklet by Patrick Meagher, of info-collage diagrams containing multi-perspectival views on current and esoteric research areas. A sequence of variations on a 5-way Venn diagram weave a conceptual thread from philosophy to science via religious thought, human potential, technology, and semiotics as ways of approaching holistic understandings of mind, body, and spirit. This project refers to work by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, John Latham, and Louise Nevelson—the title references her post-cubist catalog entitled The Fourth Dimension on her philosophy of work and cultivating consciousness, and how art extends this awareness. The cover piece, "ABCDE," extends Paul Lawrence's Fourth Drive book, modifying "learning" to "Comprehension" and adding "Enlightenment" as a fifth element, forming an almost uncanny English language first-letter A-B-C-D-E of life, as a way of stimulating holistic thinking about human existence, social behavior and contemporary culture. While there aren't necessarily direct relationships between all the numbers in the diagrams, there are important correspondences and linkages across the overlapping ovals. References are drawn from sources that enumerate five levels of understanding around a given subject—and in cases where the theory or data-set has four components, a fifth aspect has been added as a hypothesis.
Tropes of self presentation online and in social websites are common and change quickly as innovations are invented, become banal and scorned... bathroom selfies, duck face, fish gape, tiger face, posing in front of street art and so on. Perhaps more timeless and most endearing to the artist is the philosophical quote as an underpinning of inspiration or philosophical outlook as potential common ground. Over the course of a few years, the artists here accumulated screen caps in their personal collections.
Images here synthesis of what I saw on walks over the course of a year. iPhone pictures taken as they appeared. My part was simply turning on my eye—turning inward while looking out.
What is here are reflections along the trails I traversed with only my companion, Bey the dog. To walk left right left heart beat and breath ascending the mountain or the cemetery hills, then descend into the valley, notice what is there, without much thought, feel the parallel interior experience. Wherever my head was that day, the walks and seeing what I saw in an image, reminded me of what is essential and rinsed the palette of the encroaching outside world, returning home to what remained.
Several years ago the quote that forms the basis of the meme in this book was uttered in an off-the-cuff statement promptly forgotten by the artist himself. While searching for a misplaced image, the thread was discovered and found to have multiplied in a number of versions both graphic design and spray painted on walls in various countries. While the quote is always attributed to Patrick Meagher, a Google search leads to dead ends as to its actual origins (although one viral strain gives credit to Bob Marley). The discovery of this proliferation of an idea about conscious wealth is explored in these pages. Here is the documentation of that search result.