Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) explores the mysteries of time and space in this series of fractal, mandala-like murals. The organic and intertwined aesthetic pushes the boundaries of abstraction, forcing us to find meaning in them the same way that children might find shapes in clouds. Some appear to be thriving coral reefs, rich in diversity and color. Others carry an almost cellular aesthetic, with much implied movement as the piece takes on a mitochondrial life of its own. But by far the biggest impression one gets from these images is the feeling of staring into a portal or wormhole, punched through the fabric of time itself.
Douglas has a creative fixation with time, seeking to explore it objectively and treat it as a subject of tension, resolution and sublime beauty. From his website:
“The oscillation of the pendulum paints time through gravity’s natural pull. Expressing how we can be pulled in one direction, when we are really meant to be going in another. How resistance creates a struggle and a false sense of control. Where if we follow the natural flow of times predetermined, yet unseen path, an experience of beauty and pure form will take shape.”All images courtesy of Douglas Hoekzema