The Trickster

The 11th House

Note: Three Book Giveaway at the Supernatural Underground this weekend!

Eros opposite Pan this weekend is a trickster vibe, one where the call of the wild may lure you into nature’s secret ways. Be it in your vivid imagination, dreams or waking life, expect the sultry allure of Eros to mingle with Pan’s shock tactics.

The Trickster is an archetypal figure found in all cultures, in all places, in all times. She, or he, is both unconscious and super-conscious, hidden in our psyche and projected out into the world.

The Trickster comes along when we are stuck, either in a habit pattern that no longer serves us, a limiting thought about ourselves or others, or a feeling of being trapped or out of touch with the creative life force. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster comes to blow the roof off the house. We…

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Design + Mathematics = Klein Bottle-Inspired Home

The Rayograph

On an awkwardly-shaped site along Australia’s Rye Beach sits the remarkable Klein Bottle House, designed by McBride Charles Ryan. I had no idea what a Klein Bottle was until stumbling upon this structure – and, actually, after skimming the explanation, I still seem to have little idea of what it is. The design is definitely intriguing, however! The plans themselves – seen below – are quite beautiful.

Via Inhabitat.

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A true intuition on looking at the sky: Brauner’s “Surrealist” and Georg Cantor

The peacock's tail

Victor Brauner’s “Surrealist”

In a 1924 “surrealist manifesto”, André Breton (1896 – 1966) declared Surrealism to be the “dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason“. Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989), the emblematic figure of Surrealism, rephrased this by admitting that “the only difference between a madman and me is that I am not mad“. Indeed, like a conjurer or magician the surrealist has to perform the trick of expressing “the real functioning of thought” by crossing the line of reason while retaining all the while his own sanity. And this is exactly how the Romanian painter Victor Brauner (1903 – 1966) pictured his own “Surrealist” (1947), a conjurer ready to do his tricks within a mad and undecipherable world. The instruments of his craft appear scattered upon a strange, half – animate table, objects that one would normally expect…

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Franz Marc

In 1906, Marc traveled with his elder brother Paul, a Byzantine expert, to Saloniki, Mount Athos, and various other Greek locations. A few years later in 1910, Marc developed an important friendship with the artist August Macke.

In 1911 Marc founded the Der Blaue Reiter journal, which became the center of an artist circle with Macke, Wassily Kandinsky, and others who decided to split off from the Neue Künstlervereinigung (New artist’s association) movement.

Marc showed several of his works in the first Der Blaue Reiter exhibition at the Thannhauser Galleries in Munich between December 1911 and January 1912. The apex of the German expressionist movement, the exhibit also showed in Berlin, Köln, Hagen, and Frankfurt. In 1912, Marc met Robert Delaunay, whose use of color and futurist method was a major influence on Marc’s work. Fascinated by futurism and cubism, Marc created art increasingly stark and abstract in nature.


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