gate/gate, 120 x 120cm, oil on canvas, 2011

on december 9, 2009 this spiral appeared over the western coast of norway. it was captured on multiple different video feeds and cameras. at first it was explained as a failed russian missile launch, which was virulently denied by the russian military. a week later they acquiesced and took responsibility. however, i don’t believe that the spiral is the result of a failed russian missile launch. since 2009 it has even appeared in different nations and different contexts. as a form, the spiral has been illustrated since prehistoric times, and appears in multiple petroglyphs from various geographical areas. what is this? is it a star gate? is it a russian missile launch? does it matter? in gate/gate two gates are depicted: one allows cars to pass into a parking lot seemingly for a factory, and the other is a mammoth swirling light form. i deliberately chose an image of this phenomenon that featured contemporary human technology markers like telephone wires, minivans and dumpsters to posit it within our historical time, though the spiral remains timeless.