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Interesting fact I discovered yesterday - the Dadaist and Surrealist artist Max Ernst was a big fan of the German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel - comet discoverer extraordinaire. Max produced a series of drawings and symbols which he labelled as 'illegal astronomies'. Bloke was absolutely barking, thought he had hatched from an egg laid by his mother. However, his artistic endeavours offer wonderful off world and alien landscapes. Creations no more strange than the false colour images we routinely capture. I also discovered that he used state of the art 'wet photography' techniques to achieve his finished works. Sounds a bit familiar? What he might have achieved if Photoshop had been available will never be known!
I love his work and creative methods. Am currently in Berlin and went to the Max Ernst exhibition being staged at a gallery in Charlottenburgh. Brilliant!
Particularly enjoyed the miniatures 'Microbes' featuring both astronomy and American landscapes.
What I hadn't realised was how much he used rubbings 'frottage' and photography to 'sample' textures and everyday images and then with minimal interventions render them fantastical in his surreal universe. Very modern approach to the arts.
I certainly feel a lot better about my eclectic and often magpie scrap book approach to picture making using photography, drawing, painting, printing and digital media.
Nice to hear from you - George
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