Lately in trying to see things in terms of mass and surfaces, I’ve come across the work of the late Euan Uglow, one of the UK’s most remarkable post-war painters, who died of cancer on 30 August 2000. Art is above all about simplification: the artist cannot record every fact about every object, and to do so would leave out the artist’s interpretive sense – the very thing which makes him different.
An object can never be observed in isolation from the observer: our very presence near an object affects the quality of light reflected from it; our innate tendency to magnify, omit, simplify, praise or obscure any element records our own personality along with the object we perceive. Art therefore becomes a study of one’s own self.
The web is so immediate that within an hour I’d found a great book about his complete work, and had it in my hands the next day. Uglow was renowned for measuring his pictures so carefully (and considering the measurements to be so important that he left them visible) that they became works of mathematical thought; he was also known for taking vast amounts of time to complete them. He formed a bond with many of his models, who, becoming dedicated to his vision, persisted in sometimes agonising poses for uncounted hours, maintaning an identical pose in repeated sittings.
Have a look at The Wave, which he worked on from 1989 – 1997. Eight years of work, summed up in a single image:
“Uglow told several people about the model, Emily Scott. She posed for seven years, with a year off when she was ill. Scott remembered that she listened to the radio on earphones and smoked during the breaks.” ..Euan Uglow, The Complete Paintings, Yale University Press, p192
Though the quality varies, social media is a great source of information. Using a reasonable mental filter the web turns from a junkshop into a goldmine. There are some highly intelligent, focused people writing on the web who really get under the surface of what we’re presented with, and the results, for anyone comfortably sedated by media steerage, are surprising. Shocking even. “Skeptics” have nothing on these writers!
For example NaturalNews.com reported this week that Merck is being taken to court by two former employees who say Merck faked the results on the MMR vaccine to get a 95% efficiency score, so they didn’t lose the lucrative US contract. The PDF of the court documents is made available to read, but it gets worse: an almighty storm is also brewing over the hushing up of dangers to African-American kids of this same vaccine:
Today I can report that I now have in my possession CDC documents which prove beyond any doubt that the former head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, actively participated in willful scientific fraud in order to bury clinical evidence linking the MMR vaccine to a 340% increase in autism among African-American children.
NaturalNews also reports this week on the damage triclosan – an Agent Orange pesticide – does to the human body, and how the FDA-Colgate alliance managed to tap dance around it. Because Colgate already has a raft of poisons in it (sodium fluoride, which is rat poison, and the fancy-foaming ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate, which damages skin membranes and is used as a skin irritant in animal testing, etc) the appearance of triclosan in a highly sensitive area of the body (under the tongue are membranes which diffuse chemicals straight to the bloodstream) needed some smoothing over, so they agreed with the FDA to fiddle the reports. Job done, FDA!
Toothpaste is so dangerous that if children swallow even a small amount, parents are advised to rush them to the doctor, but feeding it straight to the bloodstream seems not to bother anyone. After all, we do want whiter teeth, and the main ingredient for this is hydrated silica, which incidentally damages tooth enamel. Is anyone really awake? Why do they continue to spend money on this stuff? Maybe because they’re watching the bright flashy graphics presented by corporations who want your money, and are not paying attention to the reality which is right in front of their noses… a kind of sleepwaking. It’s a kind of reckless faith that the authorities wouldn’t allow poison in our cosmetics. Just like they wouldn’t ruin their own atmosphere with 4400 nuclear bomb tests! Of course not. Drink your fluoride. What’s on TV?
Speaking of sleepwalking, I saw this great graphic today on Twitter summing up the dangers of not getting enough sleep. This week I’ve slept deeply for the first time in what seems like ages, and can feel the difference in mental energy. More ideas, fewer mistakes – but what people don’t generally know is that deep sleep converts a learning process in the day into long-term retention, via a lengthy conversation between different parts of the brain. Interrupt this process and the conversation is broken, and needs to start again from scratch.
So, while learning something new or studying for an exam, if you don’t sleep deeply that night, the information isn’t retained. In fact studies showed students who were woken up after learning various physical motor tasks during the day actually performed worse the next day, whereas the group which was allowed to sleep continuously, started the next day on a higher level of performance. This is how we get better at stuff, which is why I’m taking advantage of deep sleep by spending an hour a day trying to mix colours to match the chroma, hue and tone of anything I see using no more than 10 iterations. Why? Why not!
Anyway, here’s the graphic.. enjoy: