Thursday, March 24, 2005

An explanation (requested or otherwise) of the painting titled "Hypgnosis"

To follow (somewhat) the theme of an antecedent article (That is, the one regarding a brief explanation of the painting whose approximate abbreviations are "G.F.S.: (being an account of)J.K.L.F.B.T.A."),

I will continue the series by making mention of a previous painting that had been completed when I was trying to find, coincidentally, a theme for what type of art on which I would like to focus.

Given this, I was also listening to various musicians; in fact, many of the selfsame performing artists who had created a clever, compelling mythology surrounding John Kane. I was also aware of a certain superstition wherein treasure could be found with a "Hand of Glory" all while putting to sleep any occupants who might be sentries entrusted with guarding said treasure. I decided to juxtapose this disembodied hand, intentionally "severed" along the picture plane, with a large blue face, perhaps the ghost released from the hand, who conducts the spell upon the hapless man sitting on the book, the treasure.

Hence, the pictorial rubric, as follows:

Book--> knowledge--> Gnosis.
Hypnos--> god of sleep.

Hypgnosis, a pun or parody of Sleeping Knowledge. That is to say, The/a sleep of Reason, which produces monsters, according to one Francisco Lucientes Goya.

~Dain Quentin Gore

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

On the simultaneous, yet relative, deaths of two playwrights, one Iberian (failed) and one Anglo (successful).

Interesting, perhaps, to those who would find interest in such things, that both Cervantes and Shakespeare died on the same date, but not the actual day proper:

Whereas the Gregorian calendar was in use by the Spanish (a.k.a. Those with An Invincible Armada), The English in their infinite wisdom had still persisted in the Julian calendar.

Thus, such it is that if, in fact there had been no inconsistency with translation with regards to temporal matters, there would in fact be no coincidence. This snippet, then, brings to mind questions not only of synchronicity but also of semiotics (that is to say, if one considers a calendar to be a symbolic representation of time itself).