Friday, February 1, 2013

looking for Some One?




A discussion evolved during today's studio class about sculptures combining male and female figures, from this we discussed the history of the ideas of love and attraction.  

Because of the general interest, and due to an uneven knowledge within classes, I refer you to good old wikipedia for a less "pop" explanation of early ideas of love (for an explanation of Ancient Greek ideas of philiaerosagapestorge, and xenia,see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love).

It reminded me of the Greek mythology about physical attraction, which I summarised in class:

In Symposium (c. 385–380 BC), Plato has a dinner guest explain how primal people had doubled human bodies, with faces and limbs turned outward, and were so strong they challenged the Gods. There were 3 sexes, i.e. all male, all female and male-female.  To weaken them, and double the number of worshipers, Zeus sliced them in half, creating creatures always seeking their other half.  Ever since then, we're been chasing our other half.  (for more detail, read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium_(Plato) or The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology, Edited by Roger D. Woodard p.225 )

These old ideas influenced in some way a whole range of contemporary psychology and philosophy thought.  

When making art, it's always good to write down, than later do a little research on ideas, or issues that come to mind as you are making.     It often gives you a little more objective view of your work.  Then, research historical and contemporary images relating to this

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1 comment:

  1. I think the idea of cogitating and researching whilst making art is the reason why so many artists sound like pompous blown up balloons when interviewed about their art.
    From my perspective, if you need to check wiki about some idea you’ve had in passing when 'creating', then you could never even suggest that this idea influenced your art because if it did, you would damn well know all about it or a part of it. Yet so many artists love to go on an intellectual tangent when talking about their creations. It really puts off the general public – because I reckon they understand that creation is visceral and intuitive, and that thoughts that facilitate or generate the creative genius are not mere curiosity in action- but more fundamental, intrinsic beliefs of the artist at play.
    For me, It’s the artist impaled on their art piece- their heart, soul and entrails exposed for the world to see. It has very little to do with philosophical approaches and theories. It’s a lot more basic than that.
    However, I totally agree (and secretly admire) your propensity to better yourself and your students in class. Besides your most excellent coffee, it’s another facet of your generous spirit Graham.
    Nat

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