My works in this series dwell on the moment when we leave the past and enter the future. This slice of time that we call the present is experienced only as a transition, and is captured here by an auto rear-view mirror. The mirror gives us the receding view of the past, and over its forward rim presents us with the comings-ahead. I coined the term nanopresent as the time in which the departing images reflect from the mirror and meet our eyes, a distance of about one foot, taking one billionth of a second (nanosecond). This interval mediates the past as one moves into the future.
This series invokes highway themes from my Road to the Sky series. Imagery centered about the Hollywood sign conjures up an illusion of Hollywood that has assumed a parallel reality in our lives. The present paintings are continuations of the theme of movement along the Tao, but they now involve the idea of elapsed time as well as of space. There is a thought-provoking and harmonious polarity between realistic renderings and abstract scenes. They are meant to hold us in the present, at least until the scene changes a nanosecond later.