Art


The artist Gabo Guzzo has a new art project called The Geological Turn this project explores the Anthropocene and involves several contributors (most notably Paul Crutzen (Nobel prize winning Chemist) and Jan Zalasiewicz (Geologist and author)).  The residency was at Banner Repeater (which according to the Guardian is one of the best arts venues in north London) and the project continues to be hosted on the blog:

http://thegeologicalturn.tumblr.com/

My own contribution/response shown on the project blog is reproduced below.

The formula in the picture is a standard conservation of mass equation describing landscape evolution, essentially all Earth surface changes in one equation, e.g. uplift, erosion, sediment flux, etc [1].  These natural geomorphic processes operate over geological time periods shaping the landscape – mountain ranges etc.  However, humans have now become the leading geomorphic agents of landscape change [2].  For example, the current rate of sediment transport by humans ellipses that of glaciers and rivers combined.  This simple picture endeavors to capture this concept.  Humankind has literally bulldozed its way into a new geological era, the Anthropocene.

[1] W. E. Dietrich and J. T. Perron, The search for a topographic signature of life, Nature, 439, 411-418, 2006.

[2] R. LeB. Hooke, On the history of humans as geomorphic agents, Geology, 28, 843-846, 2000.

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Hans Holbein the Younger

“Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial customs.  Now at the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried.  And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation and  the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus’ body there.” John 19:40-42

The washing of the feet by Ghislaine Howard

And before the feast of the passover, Jesus knowing that His hour hath come, that He may remove out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own who are in the world — to the end He loved them. And supper being come, the devil already having put it into the heart of Judas of Simon, Iscariot, that he may deliver Him up, Jesus, knowing that all things the Father hath given to Him — into His hands — and that from God He came forth, and unto God He goeth, doth rise from the supper, and doth lay down his garments, and having taken a towel, he girded himself; afterward he putteth water into the basin, and began to wash the feet of his disciples, and to wipe with the towel with which he was being girded. He cometh, therefore, unto Simon Peter, and that one saith to him, `Sir, thou — dost Thou wash my feet?’ Jesus answered and said to him, `That which I do thou hast not known now, but thou shalt know after these things;’ Peter saith to him, `Thou mayest not wash my feet — to the age.’ Jesus answered him, `If I may not wash thee, thou hast no part with me.’ Simon Peter saith to him, `Sir, not my feet only, but also the hands and the head.’ Jesus saith to him, `He who hath been bathed hath no need, save to wash his feet, for he is clean altogether; and ye are clean, but not all;’ for He knew him who is delivering him up; because of this He said, `Ye are not all clean.’ When, therefore, He washed their feet, and took His garments, having reclined at meat again, He said to them, `Do ye know what I have done to you? Ye call me, “The Teacher” and “The Lord”, and ye say well, for I am; if then I did wash your feet — the Lord and the Teacher — ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given thee an example, that ye should do as I have done to ye. Verily, verily, I say unto ye, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:1-15

The Strength and Frailty of Hope (by jqgill)

HT http://gettinbiblical.tumblr.com/

On Friday I had the chance to visit The Courtauld Gallery at Someset House, London.  The Courtauld Gallery has been branded as “… one of the finest small museums in the world” and has a number of exceptional art pieces in its permanent collection.  However, I was most interested in their special exhibition on Paul Cezanne’s famous paintings of peasant card players.  I’m quite a fan of the peasant theme – whether that be Tolstoy or van Gogh.  Cezanne has some really excellent painting on this theme, apparently in his day turning this tired theme on its head.  Where previously peasants were shown as dissolute characters Cezanne’s iconic works portray them with gravitas and stoicism carrying out a time honoured activity, playing cards; taking them out of their tradition outdoor setting (e.g. ploughing the field), but yet still conducting an age old tradition.  Here are few photos I took of these magnificent portraits.