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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on March 7, 2006

Max Ernst. Lone Tree and United Trees / Arbre solitaire et arbres conjugaux. 1940. Oil on canvas. 81.5 x 100.5 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain.

Ernst used the grattage technique, which he developed and named. Grattage involves placing a painted canvas over materials with different textures such as wire and mesh, and then scraping the painted surface so that the image is informed by the imprint of the textures beneath.

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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on March 6, 2006

Durand, Asher

The Beeches (1845)
Oil on canvas
60 3/8 x 48 1/8 in (153.4 x 122.2 cm)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Die Buchen und Eichen verbinden sich feste,
Sie stricken, bedecken die laubichten Äste,
Sie Schatten die Matten, sie breiten sich aus,
Sie zieren, vollfuhren ein lebendes Haus.”

Johann Klaj (1616-56) From Liedenden Christus

[Translation:
The beeches and oaks secure themselves firmly,
They stretch out and cover their leafy branches,
They shade the meadows, they spread themselves,
They adorn and complete a living house].

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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on March 5, 2006

“We affirm that at the core of all the troubles we face today is our very ignorance of knowing. It is not knowledge, but the knowledge of knowledge, that compels. It is not the knowledge that a bomb kills, but what we want to do with the bomb, that determines whether or not we use it. Ordinarily we ignore it or deny it, to sidestep responsibility for our daily actions, as our actions – all without exception – help bring forth and validate the world wherein we become what we become with others, in that process of bringing forth a world. Blind to the transparency of our actions, we confuse the image we want to project with the being we want to bring forth. This is a misunderstanding that only the knowledge of knowledge can correct.”

 

From: The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding

by Humberta R. Maturana & Francisco J. Varela

An excerpt here: The Tree of Knowledge

 

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Tree of the Day

Posted by achresis on March 4, 2006

From Fractulus

fractal tree of knowledge

 

Benoit Mandelbrot, in his book, The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1982), turns the language of mathematics on its head by formulating a systematic grammar of the exceptional.  These laws of the apparently exceptional give way–thanks to computer technology–to striking visual patterns, like this one, which was produced by Kerry Mitchell. 

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