Sean and Matt
Yesterday at the de Young Museum I chanced into your exhibit. As I roved my eyes over your pipelay, I immediately recognized their significance — the reasons why, besides their Cubist shapes, your pipes are considered fine art.
Pipes are conduits for water or gas, so the existence of pipes in our landscape generally have a specific function. They run from point A to point B by the shortest and most direct course. This sets up an implied rule in the mind; wherever we see pipes, we expect to see this rule in force. Your exhibit challenges this rule, wrenching a big “Why?” into the subconscious, even while the museum goer may be unaware of the paradox.
I assume you already know this. What you may not know is that your pipeform, besides highlighting space, also suggests the existence of a higher dimension from which all form emerges — a dimension something like the realm of perfect form as described by Plato. Your pipeform suggests this dimension by virtue of its paranormal logic. If pipes are conduits, which clearly they are, then what substance do your jointed, multidirectional pipes transport? It could only be a substance that defies the known laws of our four dimensional realm, a substance free of the constraints of gravity, and perhaps even space.
Wikipedia: Plato’s Theory of Forms –
“Forms are aspatial in that they have no spatial dimensions, and thus no orientation in space, nor do they even (like the point) have a location.
They are non-physical, but they are not in the mind. Forms are extra-mental (i.e. real in the strictest sense of the word). A Form is an objective “blueprint” of perfection.“