Monday, November 24, 2014

Visual Paradox Master: Rene Magritte

Consider the nature of a paradox. It deals with self-contradiction and inconsistency.

Its concerns are conflict, puzzle and mystery. Enigma: ambiguous; baffling; perplexing; these become an exciting dimension for re-interpretation and imaginative staging.

No wonder than that Rene Magritte has such an impact on the contemporary visual thinkers.

The changing world of finance, human relationships, international communication and understanding of ethical values are shifting along a broad continuum. Anomalies and incongruities are constants.

The new environs provide a fertile investigation mine for the curious explorers in creativity.

More from Rene Magritte, the master of paradoxical staging.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rene Magritte The Launching Pad For Pop Art

Imagine the familiar. The ordinary. The overlooked simple things.

Imagine them rearranged in unfamiliar situations.

Those situation shock. Titillate. Annoy. Stimulate. Disconcert. Puzzle. Disturb.

Deliberately making the contexts of his images improbable, he creates wondering and questioning.

His paintings have meaning within meaning and connections apparently outside of familiar logic.

While some of his paintings appear strange, they are emotionally cathartic. And always witty and intellectually provocative.

Rene Magritte provided the scaffolding with his interpretations of the ordinary things and common concerns for the development of contemporary pop art.

Rene Magritte observed: If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.

This arresting video sheds glimpses into Rene Magritte's observation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Learning Eyes Looking At M.C.Escher

Here is looking at M.C.Escher and his works through the learner's eyes.

The influence that learners have on each is other intriguing.

This video examines one facet on the specific influence of Escher's work on Penrose the mathematician and his father.

It shows how they responded.

Then it traces Escher's response to the Penroses's resultant works.

Mathematics As The Fount of M.C. Escher's Creations

Mathematics has a cache of intriguing ideas for M.C.Escher. In these videos, he gives us an inside look into his imagination and his technical brilliance.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

M.C.Escher The Brilliant Illusionist

M.C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist, is associated with woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints.

These inspired creations feature impossible mathematical constructions; mind-blowing explorations of forms and space that show infinity; architectural structures that recede and protrude at the same plane; tessellations merging insects, animals and portraits in dazzling permutations,

Here is a collection of some M.C. Escher's works:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Magic Square In Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Albrecht Duerer in his woodcut introduced the MAGIC SQUARE.

The sum total of the numbers in each parallel column adds up to 34.

The sum total of the numbers in each vertical column adds up to 34.

The sum total of the numbers in the diagonals adds up to 34.

The sum total of the numbers in the four corners: 16 + 4 + 13 + 1 adds up to 34.

The sum of the two numbers between the corners: 3 + 2  + 15 + 14; 

5 + 9 + 8 + 12...each set adds up to 34.

The sum of the four numbers in the centre 10 + 11 + 7 + 6 makes 34.

In Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi uses the MAGIC SQUARE above.


Perhaps to express his faith in the traditional teaching that nothing happens by accident; that the Creator of all that exists has order embedded at the core of its existence.

The Magic Square as a symbol then teaches such a subtle lesson!

The close-up shows the horizontal, vertical and diagonal numbers adding up to make 33.

The numbers at the end of the corners of the square : 1 + 4 +15 + 13 add up to make 33.

The sum of the two numbers between the corners: 14 + 14 + 2 + 3; 

11 + 8 + 9 + 5...each set adds up to 33.

The sum of the four numbers in the centre 7 + 6 + 10 + 10 makes 33.

Thirty-three is the age when the Christ died.

The sculpture depicts Judas kissing the Christ to help the capturers identify him to stand trial for sedition.

This is another symbol used to underscore the paradoxes in the story of salvation: good is bad, bad is good; the weak is strong, the strong weak; loose your life to save it and you loose it.

A mosaic portrait of Antoni Gaudi