A “volume project” is a designated number of works that must be completed within a certain time period while adhering to specific regulations. Each project is divided into three parts: the works themselves, the production schedule, and the paper named “The Support Document.” (The format of which is best described as a scholarly article stating a theory and/or describing the results of observations.) The sum of the works and certain elements of the production schedule (like weekly quotas or the number of work sessions predetermined for a project) are drawn from numbers that generally come to my attention by way of my studies. My current interests include the field of color, social and military history, religion (including Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity), science, and the Toyota Way. Such numbers even go as far as to join together the bits of information that determine the structure and meaning of a “volume project.” I fully concentrate on my artwork four days per week and my standard work session is twelve hours. I established, and thereby practice, a set of laws that support a working environment that is conducive to my primary purpose: the development and production of art. Here are three examples: 1.) Thou shall do thy best not to answer the telephone during work sessions, 2.) Thou shall not shop on the Internet during work sessions, and 3.) Thou shall never allow a television into thy residence.
2005 Linda Jean Fisher
“576” (2005 – 2009)
Original Project Description
“576” is a work in progress. The completed piece will add up to 576 11” x 8.5” paintings on paper. Each sheet features a series of circular bands centered within a square. The sum of the rings divides equally into the number 24. This configuration provides a means to explore the 24 colors in Wilhelm Ostwald’s color system as well as his principles of color organization and color harmony. I should add that the number 24 was not randomly chosen. Before World War II Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer had associations who were communists. All of them had been thoroughly examined by the Army when it cleared him in 1943 and by the Atomic Energy Commission when it cleared him in 1947. In December 1953, they became the basis of new charges and the Atomic Energy Commission formally indicted him with disloyalty and suspended his security clearance. He decided to answer the charges against him and asked for a hearing to clear his name. But instead of the objective inquiry called for by the Atomic Energy Commission’s rules, he was subjected to an unfair trial that extended over a 24-day period.
I have complete faith in Dr. Oppenheimer’s loyalty to the United States of America. He loved this country and would never have done anything to jeopardize it. I felt it was my duty to affirm the very thing for which he was wrongly prosecuted (i.e. his loyalty). To carry out this endeavor, I made the number of hours that Dr. Oppenheimer endured during his security hearing the basis for a work of art. (24 days x 24 hours = 576 hours).
2005 Linda Jean Fisher