Cabinet of Curiosities, Mark Dion and the University as Installation Colleen J. Sheehy, editor

A Walrus Head in the Art Museum Mark Dion Digs into the University of Minnesota Colleen J. Sheehy P.3 Nine cabinets lined the opposite gallery wall, recreating the style of Renaissance cabinets of curiosities with their density of display and the integration of biological specimens with minerals, fossils, sculpture, paintings, decorative objects, books, musical instruments,… Continue reading Cabinet of Curiosities, Mark Dion and the University as Installation Colleen J. Sheehy, editor

Articles related to Sigmund Freud

Caption in Freud Museum London (Study Room) He recreated his unique working environment, originally in the study and consulting room of his home in Vienna. These rooms are still as they were when Freud lived and worked here. To Freud, archaeology and psychoanalysis were closely connected. His friend Lou-Andreas Salome wrote that: “One sensed how… Continue reading Articles related to Sigmund Freud

Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds, Marina Warner

Introduction P.2 The blurring here between art and nature, as in the imagery of wax moulding, in order to convey the migrating forms of life… metamorphosis is the principle of organic vitality as well as the pulse in the body of art. This concept lies at the heart of classical and other myths, and governs… Continue reading Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds, Marina Warner

Animism, Graham Harvey

P.xi Animists are people who recognise that the world is full of persons, only some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others. Older usage: refers to an putative concern with knowing what is alive and what makes a being alive. It alleges a ‘belief in spirits’ or ‘non-empirical… Continue reading Animism, Graham Harvey

Obscure Objects of Desire, Johanna Malt

Chapter 3 The Surrealist Object in Theory P.80 It draws on fear of castration and feeds on the impossible primal fantasy of union with the object. Thus Foster suggests that ‘this search for the lost object, which is the surrealist quest par excellence, is as impossible as it is compulsive: not only is each new… Continue reading Obscure Objects of Desire, Johanna Malt

Study of Graham Sutherland

Graham Sutherland's work on nature is my main reference and inspiration of my paintings. In David Mellor's "The Damned", he described Sutherland's work, "...while roots and branches suggest tangled arms and legs. At times his views open up and close like a human body." In "Sutherland's Metamorphosis", Alexandra Harris said '..Sutherland deals in anthropomorphism, making… Continue reading Study of Graham Sutherland

Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte

Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte Form in Plants F.G. Gregory P.57 The study of form in organisms goes by the name of Morphology, a term introduced into biology by Goethe in 1827. Gestalt Psychology and Artistic Form Rudolf Arnheim P.196 Gestalt theory deals with form only as the manifestation of forces…. e.g.… Continue reading Aspects of Form Edited by Lancelot Law Whyte

The Gothic, edited by Gilda Williams

P.124 James Meyer The Macabre Museum: On Mark Dion// 1997 ‘All knowledge is linked to a classifying order’, Barthes writes. ‘To aggrandize or simply to change knowledge is to experiment, by certain audacious operations, upon what subverts the classification we are accustomed to.’ Roland Barthes, ‘Arcimboldo, or Magician and Rhetoriqueur’ in The Responsibility of Forms,… Continue reading The Gothic, edited by Gilda Williams

Landscape & Memory, Simon Schama

P.6 And if a child’s vision of nature can already be loaded with complicating memories, myths, and meanings, how much more elaborately wrought is the frame through which our adult eyes survey the landscape. For although we are accustomed to separate nature and human perception into two realms, they are, in fact, invisible. Before it… Continue reading Landscape & Memory, Simon Schama