member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Slideshow is of Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ashes and Snow: Gregory Colbert

"This collection of images and artefacts from around the world expresses a timeless realm in which animals interact and coexist with humankind."

Please go and visit the page, which is a wondrous visual experience, a dream of such a world of coexistence made true. The project includes not only photos, but letters, films which are narrated with fragments from those letters, and art installations as well. The collection originally traveled the world in a Nomadic Museum, which was built specifically for these works and evolved as the show moved from city to city. Wikipedia declares it the most attended exhibit by a living artist yet.
Most importantly, these images are not tampered with! These relationships between humans and animals are occurring!

From Gregory Colbert's page:
"Codex refers to one of the greatest contributions that Roman culture made to the world in the first century: manuscripts in the form of books as we now know them. In medieval times, bestiaries collected stories providing physical and allegorical descriptions of real or imaginary animals along with an interpretation of the moral significance each animal was thought to embody.
Codex Ashes and Snow evokes these traditions in what amounts to a poem, a field study, an illustrated collection of nature's masterpieces and a compilation of ancient artefacts and letters.
This bestiary of species [you can "flip through" 24 such marvelous books on the site], both actual [photos] and mythical [a fictional account of a year of a man's travels, told through daily letters to his wife], is made from meticulously restored 17th-century vellum bindings and handmade pages of photographic artworks by Gregory Colbert, original manuscripts, ancient maps and letters."

He prints his images on Japanese washi paper.

Ashes and Snow - Lisa Gerrard - Patrick Cassidy and Lawrence Fishbourne

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