2018: EDGE Langford120, Melbourne. Curator: Irene Barberis


Douglas Hofstadter defines a strange loop as “a paradoxical level-crossing feedback loop” in the book I am a Strange Loop published in 2007 (pp. 101-102). The artwork Strange Looping refers to the paradox of the orange arrow ascending only to be descending at the same time so it is perceived as arriving back to the centre. The triangular shape of the work infers that our gaze will be drawn down to the pointy end yet the elongated composition of orange going upwards within the form thwarts this perception. Metaphorically, it refers to arriving back to the same spot from where we began such as in the poem ‘Little Gidding’ by T.S. Eliot:
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. “