Monday, 5 February 2018

Limitations and or Freedom. EDEXCEL A Level Art 2018

The term Gordian knot refers to a problem most difficult of solution. It is a metaphor for an intractable problem.

Alexander the Great famously cut the Gordian knot, which nobody else had been able to undo, at Gordium, the capital city of ancient Phrygia located where the Royal Road crossed the Sangarius River 47 miles southwest of present-day Ankara, the capital of Turkey, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that whoever undid the knot would become master of Asia 

Rat King is a curious phenomena where groups of rats living squashed together have had their tails sticky with water or grease or waste become matted together. These bizarre groups have survived been joined for surprising lengths of time. 

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd non violence 1985 Bronze Sculpture

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Easter Island Heads on Easter Island South Pacific.
 What many who see them do not realise, is that the Heads are Fragments remaining after the original sculptures were buried by the descendents of the people who made them

Archaeologists discovered what was buried beneath the ground
So have you ever stood still and wondered what is beneath your feet? Wondered what you are walking over

NEWGRANGE Burial Mound and Temple Southern Ireland 

Newgrange Burial Mound was constructed in 3200 BC and is 5000 years old, older than Stonehenge. It was forgotten and thought to be a small hill until 1699 when the entrance and tunnels were rediscovered and opened up. There are similar hills and mounds around Newgrange and on the Salisbury plains near Stonehenge. The Neolithic people didn't leave a map or a list

Closer to us in time and geographically is London. 2000 years of settlement, sewers, power, water, covered over rivers, layers of the underground. And this is just the stuff we know about. When they dug the first Thames pedestrian tunnel in 1820's workers became ill coming into contact with bacteria trapped
in the mud under the Thames for thousands of years
Thames Tunnel is a underground tunnel now

The Ordinary World Beneath our Feet: ‘Underground’ by David Macaulay

Friday, 26 January 2018

Slave Ships deplorable transport of captured people from African and into Slavery in America and Europe

Freedom and or limitations

Painting by Vincent Van Gogh inspired by an earlier image by Gustav Dore

 Newgate Prison Yard Gustav Dore 

Panoptican Freedom and limitations

Jeremy Bentham 18th Centry English Philospher very interested in the concepts of right and wrong
Designed the Panoptican a circular prison where the prisoners were permanently isolated and watched from one central control tower. He described it as a mill forn grinding rogues honest

A Level Art Exam - Winged Figures

Freedom And or Limitations

Winged Figure of The Republic Hoover Dam Arizona USA

Jacob Epstein Winged Figure Coventry Cathedral

A Level Art Exam - Birds Eye View Paintings

Freedom And or Limitations

John Falter Birds Eye View Painting

Georgia O'Keefe Sky Above Clouds series of paintings