Dexter Sinister (after E.C. Large), lithographic proof print, 2007, 107 x 77 cm

While it seems that, professionally at least, Large never really reconciled the division of his scientific and literary work, it is precisely the symbiosis of the two that animates his early fiction today. His writing is defined by a wide-ranging set of interests, temperament and capacity which is equal parts classic and romantic — a duality which extends to any of the parallel dichotomies itemized by Robert M. Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : Scientific vs. Artistic, Technical vs. Human, or Rational vs. Emotional.

(“Science, Fiction,” Stuart Bailey, Dot Dot Dot #17, 2009)