One Lifetime: Count from 1 to 5.6m

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 15 Sep 2011

In 1965, artist Roman Opalka started counting, starting at 1, across a large canvas, hoping to reach infinity. On August 6, 2011, Opalka got to the end of his last canvas, reaching a count of 5,607,249. He started in the very-most top left-hand corner and ended in the bottom right corner of each canvas and piece of paper he worked on.

In the end, he called the process the “the finite defined by the nonfinite.” On Roman's Wiki page, it states, "All details have the same title, 1965 / 1 – ?"; the concept had no end, and the artist pledged his life to its execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.'"





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