The Virus Series
The Evolution of Nuclear Mystical Geometry
"The Virus", Oil on Canvas 32"x32" 4/20
"After the Virus" - 48"x 32" 5/20
"We Are Stardust" - In Process
This small series of paintings is dedicated to everyone affected by the deadly pandemic we are experiencing and tries to bring my outlook and insight into the world condition. The first in the series "The Virus" depicts the virus as a figure, not as the invisible sphere covered with red and orange triangles we see in the news everywhere. I have made the virus a figure because ultimately we are the enemy who has contracted, spread and proliferated this disease. It is our social habits, and in some cases, our governments lack of action and concern that has turned us into the carriers of death and destruction. The virus is alien and has turned us into aliens.
The virus is painted to share the traits of nature where brightly colored exteriors give a warning of the danger within. The Virus stands in a void landscape with the storm it conjures as a sole figure watches, also turned alien by its isolation and fear. The Virus is both bright and slightly seductive as it infiltrates the worlds of people, who as humans have a real need for contact, to express love, compassion and caring. It enters and slaughters those who fail to restrict themselves from all that we have come to know as the human condition. The Virus represents every fear most of us have never had or dreamed of, yet has always existed as an outside chance, in a world ever more complex and full of chance.
The figures and the landscape in these paintings are derived from experiments I had been working on in C4D using Redshift for extreme displacement mapping. I would like to thank Amanda Moore for allowing me to use one of her spectacular flame fractals as the map that defines the Virus. I will be working to finalize the ARC of paintings and the story they tell with "We are Stardust" to complete my observations as an artist of the world perhaps forever changed and the differences we need to address.
"The Virus" Louis Markoya - 2020
Poisonous Creatures in Nature
Nature chose to warn other elements of danger by giving many poisonous creatures bright coloring. This evolutionary trait has been passed along to my Virus, as it looks across a barren landscape, devoid of life, and a world transformed by its existence. The Virus is not only colored as these examples but also utilizes the patterns found in these creatures to warn all others. While the warning is there, the Virus as a figure represents its seductive killing power as it attacks us from within, from being human, from wanting the contact that makes us human.
After the Virus- Louis Markoya 48"x32"
"After the Virus" shows our two figures transformed, together but still separated, and deeply scarred by the impact of "The Virus". They are still separated by what we are calling social distancing, and not sure when or how we can ever return to normal. They like all humans long for the comradery of cohorts, they long for what makes us human, they long for love and touch.
While the sky is now clear of the virus's storm and signals a new dawn, even one with less pollution, less noise, less obstacles, clearer for your lungs and thought, the minds of the populace and my figures are forever changed. There is a fear that the air is still carrying this enemy, invisible and possibly deadly.
The deep and prevalent scars of the figures are remnants of all the emotional, psychological, environmental. economic and even political strain caused by the pandemic. The stress has caused many to gain weight, gain anxiety, gain stress, lose sleep, lose days, weeks and concepts of time. Lose jobs, relationships, marriages friends and concepts of togetherness and all that implies. Invoked fear and loathing, separating those separated even more. Perhaps even more significant than the lives it has taken, it has stolen from us the requirement of human contact, human touch and gatherings of all kinds. Decimating businesses and activities of every nature. World and local economies will need long to recover, and many small businesses will never return.
One lesson the virus has taught us, and depicted by the figures having the same scars even though one carried the virus and the second did not, is that we are the same. Not just as a country or race, but globally. Sure there are statistics that prove the virus is more prevalent in men than women, blacks than Caucasians and several more, but all in all, it is indiscriminate. there are no borders for it to acknowledge, no place it can not go...it is something that should make the governments of the world unite, not separate as they are doing. My own country is an embarrassment in citing blame instead of organizing a world effort.
What happens after the virus is a world problem, of every magnitude. If you are not personally affected by a death of family or friends it has taken, it will likely change your life in some other way. Large and small businesses you are familiar with will be closed or changed, restaurants and theaters you went to may no longer exist. Your job may no longer exist.While "After the Virus" welcomes the day with a new clear dawn, the landscape is largely baron, It will take the resourcefulness and ingenuity of us as a people to make something of it again, and to again enjoy life as we knew it, before the virus.