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Friday, June 17, 2011

Sculpture and Drawing (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams)

Do you hope that your art will stand the test of time? 
How about it lasting for 32,000 years?

My first love and best training for sculpture was drawing, because drawing trains both eyes and hands.

That's why the Werner Herzog movie The Cave of Forgotten Dreams was such a pleasure.

He and his crew take us into the closed world of the Chauvet caves to see the oldest drawings in the world.  The humans who made them will always be an enigma to us, separated by the 32,000 years between our time and theirs.  What is so wonderful is how alive and immediate the drawings are. 

Here's the best quote on how and why such ancient art affects our lives:

If truth is that which lasts, 
then art has proved truer than any other human endeavour.
What is certain is that pictures and poetry and music are not only marks in time 
but marks through time, of their own time and ours,  
not antique or historical, but living as they ever did, exuberantly, untired.
                                                                             from Jeanette Winterson's book Art Objects.

Go see the movie,
learn more about the Chauvet caves.

2 comments:

Beatriz Cunha said...

Great post!
I think 32.000 years ago we where fundamentally the same as today.
Art is part of us.
Thanks for the links too.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Mike Turner said...

So true...art as a form of communication from the heart of one person to another.