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  • Image and Event

    The art historical binary of abstract-representational shapes rock art into a static idea of image.  This tends to become the go-to method of studying rock art - as isolates, as motifs, as elements.  The image floats aways from the stone-in-place as a figure, a line drawing, a DStretched apparition, a logogram.  Certainly the camera enhances this way of seeing, framing rectangles, as a painting in a gallery, a portrait, a  collectible.  This instant - of looking, seeing, framing, recording -  also follows the art historical arc.  The image becomes object.

    An alternative is to engage with the rock art-as-one-with-stone, as event.  The event of the stone; the stone as agent.  The petroglyph or the rock painting as human making and marking, adhering as subjective expression of stone.  Through time. The before-time of the rock’s formation.  The emergent-time of the rock art’s creation.  The lapsing-time of weatherings, softenings, darkenings, breakings, fadings; our now and then.  The future-time of the faltering, the disappearance.  Arc of event.  Absent abstract, lacking representation - simply endless beings as becoming.  Adapting cosmology’s phrase:  spacetime rippling.

     Album:  Stone: Image and Event

  • What is an anthropomorph?

    Appearing to represent a human? Human-like in form? Human in spirit form? Does the commonly used term “Anthropomorph” reveal or distract?   I suggest the term misleads.  Forms indicating human-figure-like attributes reflect action, a place-specific performance understood as event. Perhaps “Action Figure” is a better way to characterize this presence.  Dashing figure, birthing woman, shaman, guardian, enemy, ghost, phantasm, or spectral being - all offer a presence, move as bodies through the animated life-world, heavy or ephemeral, actual or imagined, from the past toward futures uncertain.  

    Consider these six Action Figure images from a single extended basalt rim running north-south in the Hart Warner Uplands of southeastern Lake County.