Tuesday, October 18, 2016

All Things Fall by Mat Collishaw

This is a zoetrope.


This is Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens


This is Rubens' painting "Massacre of the Innocents." Much larger version here. It's horrible.


This is British artist Mat Collishaw.


Now, brace yourself. This is Mat Callishaw's 3-D printed zoetrope, "All Things Fall" based on Rubens's "Massacre of the Innocents." It's even more horrible.





10 comments:

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

That is horrific. Fascinating art work, but horrific.

Sixty Grit said...

Looks like the liberal vision of a Trump rally.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Or the actual policies of the Democrat Pro Choice contingent.

Sixty Grit said...

Kermit Gosnell writ large.

john said...

November 9.

Amartel said...

Re: things falling, there's a naked Clinton statute in Manhattan today. Already attacked and wrestled to the ground by a lefty. For the greater good and The Children.

Methadras said...

Seeing Massacre of the Innocent for the first time, I think I was 12 or 13 and I was fascinated by it. Firstly it was the boobies. I saw boobies, but then I remember my eye wandering to the babies lying dead on the ground and thought, my god they were fat. And then I looked at everyone else and realized they were all pretty big and wondered why. I was a big fan of ancient history even back then, but even I didn't know what I was really looking at. I figured it was a roman attack on jews killing their young, etc.

Later on, I did some reading and it turned out it was a depiction of of the biblical tale of Herod killing infants in his quest to find Christ and have him killed. After I realized that, the painting took on a completely different significance for me. Now as an adult I see it as something even more telling. While biblically it has great resonance, but in today's society even more so as a reflection of the state imposing its will upon society and usually it's first victims are the young and specifically even before they are born.

bagoh20 said...

Why are all the men in these paintings naked? My gaydar is ringing.

Chip Ahoy said...

That's weird, huh.

In the original too. I don't understand that.

Except it does bring it all down to what Methradas said. Seen from above, they're creatures reproducing themselves and killing themselves. It gets directly to the root of it without any conflicting soldiers of the king VS ordinary people about it. Nakedness does bring it down to Planned Parenthood level of organism destruction. It makes the babies equal to the adults in the natural world as humans with souls. I think.

Nonetheless very strange. And Mat didn't paint his figures either. Rubens would probably think leaving everything white is weird.

Methadras said...

bagoh20 said...

Why are all the men in these paintings naked? My gaydar is ringing.


In those days clothing may have well been an expensive item to procure. We are talking almost 2k years ago and most clothing for men at that time, unless your were a pharisee or a soldier, was fairly sparse. Remember, the activity of killing women and children might make clothing come off so...