Category Archives: philosophy

Something which has been sitting in my brain for about 2 days : Oh dear Alphonse

work by French humorist Alphonse Allais entitled :

Apoplectic Cardinals Harvesting Tomatoes on the Shore of the Red Sea (Study of the Aurora Borealis)

I have to say I sniggered a little bit when i first saw the work and read the title. It also reminds me abit of Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Black Square’. But both have extremely different message to convey.

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Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

The Black Square,Kazimir Malevich,1915

Malevich proclaimed his work as the “zero” of painting, that there was no-thing other that painting presented, no positioning, no certain conventional imaging. A meta painting – more – a painting that has no opposite in representational painting, no painting to its anti-painting. For representational painting must deal with particulars of sorts, whereas ‘not-painting’ is a general relation englobing the rest of the universe.

Artist : Matt Pagett