While priming "Oceanus", my cut steel garden art this afternoon, I was excited by the white on almost white background and took this photo. In Greek myth Oceanus was the personification of the world-ocean and the Titan son of Uranus and Gaia. My version of the world ocean is a perfect square! You can see and purchase “Oceanus” during the Spring 2012 Vashon Studio Tour , the first two weekends in May, 5-6, 12-13.
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Iapetos (12 x 12 in) Oil on canvas over panel In our science based epoch Iapetos (Iapetus) is best know as a moon of Saturn. Like so many astronomical names (place and product names as well), Iapetos is of Greek origin and the deep past. When Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Astrologer and Astronomer to the Sun King, Louis the XIV of France, identified four of Saturn’s moons in 1671 he named one of them Iapetus, a brother giant of Titan Cronus or as the Roman world would have known him, Saturn. Science may be all about the measurable, knowable, search for truth but as Sir Isaac Newton said “In order to see beyond the horizon, one must stand on someone else’s shoulders” and so will every generation who looks out and forward, be they giants of science and reason, or the generation of Olympian Gods that followed the mythic giants of the Golden Age. A detail of my oil painting Iapetos appears on my invitation to the 2011 Vashon Island Holiday Stu
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The world turns. It’s a fact. I first witnessed the proof on a black and white Zenith TV. A peg legged modern marvel and the centerpiece of my Middle-American living room. The date was 1969 and US Apollo Mission Eleven had just landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin upon Earth’s moon. There for all to see from a totally new perspective was Earth, our (black and white) home, spinning in space. Untangling my thoughts to blog about a video and TV cabinet I made for a friend and patron has been difficult. Telamones was designed to conceal (and reveal) a flat screen TV. In the process of creating the cabinet I thought about many things relating to TV and how historically the information we receive informs and shapes our perceptions. In each epoch our worldview is framed by technological advances and of course the culture into which each new technology is born. My father told me he first saw a “murky” television image in 1932 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.