Showing posts with label art and science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art and science. Show all posts

2013/01/25

Animals in Art - Levi Fisher Ames

Nothing is more beautiful than to know all.

Athanasius Kircher
 



Wood carver Levi Fisher Ames (1840-1923) was originally a carpenter when he began working on his menagerie of small wooden animal figures, some of which were based on real animals, some were purely imaginary. Ames created a very personal cabinet of curiosities: several hundred fabulous creatures housed in glassfronted shadowboxes, completed with hand written labels.

2013/01/13

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry X

The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful
are ludicrously simple. Successful ideas generally have the
appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable.

Sol LeWitt



John Latham, Full Stop, 1961, Acrylic on canvas


2013/01/04

Animals in Art - Jane Edden - Ornithomorph

Jupiter announced that he intended to appoint a king over the birds and named a day on which they were to appear before his throne, when he would select the most beautiful of them all to be their ruler...



Jane Edden - Bird feathers and resin in perspex case
32 Glenny & Henderson HSF.2 Gadfly 2012


2012/03/03

Heavenly Bodies - Robert Longo

When I draw, I take it into me. I look at it,
it goes into every part of my body; it comes out of me.

Robert Longo



Robert Longo, Untitled (Saturn), 2007


2012/01/26

Alchemical manuscripts - Cabala


When you have water, that is Mercury of the Air,
that is of the Stone and Air of Fire, that is Spirit
of Mercury and fire that is Mercury of the Earth,
that is of Luna, then you shall have the Art fully.

Aristotle




2012/01/15

Movie Moments - Jean Painlevé


Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.
Man marks the earth with ruin,
but his control stops with the shore.

Lord Byron


watch the videos below

2011/07/13

Gábor Kerekes


The scientists of the old times had tried to cath the unknown in its base, they had been sure it could be defined using their own subjective systems of symbols.

Gábor Kerekes, 1995


from the series "Orientation"

2011/07/07

The very deep and the very small


I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things ...




... that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed, worshipping their ancient stone idols and carving their own detestable likenesses on submarine obelisks of water-soaked granite. I dream of a day when they may rise above the billows to drag down in their reeking talons the remnants of puny, war-exhausted mankind —of a day when the land shall sink, and the dark ocean floor shall ascend amidst universal pandemonium.

H.P. Lovecraft


2011/07/03

Haeckel's Visions


Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted
with the memories and the dreams of Time.


H. P. Lovecraft


watch the video below


2011/06/09

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry VII


The World is Bound With Secret Knots - Athanasius Kicher



Laura Splan, machine embroidered lace based on the influenza virus



Barbara Mungenast, Kreis #2, 2006



Sheila Gallagher, Sea Urchin Smoke Print, 2009


2011/06/04

Space Abstraction


Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.

Paracelsus

watch the video below


2011/03/07

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry VI


Simplicity is the most difficult of all concepts



Mary Judge, Oculus Series




Siobhan Liddell, Untitled, 2009



Max Ernst, Birth of a Galaxy, 1969


2010/10/28

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry V


Time is the substance from which I am made.
Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river;
it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger;
it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

Jorge Luis Borges






Laura Battle, Time Piece



Günther Uecker


2010/10/27

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry IV


Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know





Trichodina pediculus



Burning Man 2010


Somewhere in Saudi Arabia (via Google Earth)



2010/09/28

Heavenly Bodies


Objects that are so ancient that they precede not only humanity and intelligent life on the planet, but also any form of life known to us




“… then the land was consumed by fire and flames surrounded the trees, plants, animals and men. Only a few of the Mocoví people saw the fires coming and dove into rivers and lagoons, where they were turned into capybaras and crocodiles. Two of them, a man and his wife, sought refuge in a tall tree, where they looked on as the rivers of fire flooded the surface of the earth; but unexpectedly, the fire blew upwards and burned their faces and turned them into monkeys …”

From the Jesuit missionary Guevara, on the Mocoví myth on how the Sun fell from the sky (1764).



2010/08/12

Moon People



Pictures from the times when all the unknown places of the earth and the heavens still were crowded with fabulous creatures and imaginary landscapes


Scoperte fatte nella luna Sigr. Herschell, [1836]


While browsing some archives with historic scientific images I  found the picture above and below are some examples from this wonderful "portfolio of hand-tinted lithographs purports to illustrate the "discovery of life on the moon." In 1836, Richard E. Locke, writing for the New York Sun, claimed that the noted British astronomer Sir William Herschel had discovered life on the moon. Flora and fauna included bat-men, moon maidens (with luna-moth wings), moon bison, and other extravagant life forms. Locke proposed an expedition to the moon using a ship supported by hydrogen balloons."

2010/06/17

Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry III


Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern
for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth
Marston Morse



Damien Hirst, Psalm Print: Exaudi, Domine (diamond dust), 2009



The Hermaphrodite



Denis Maurice, Scale Model for the Cupola of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées


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