Artworks:

I searched for a piece of artwork in the loosest sense of the word, set around darwin and his disruption of the continual, and constant belief into religion in the early 19th centuary.

To my disbelief there was an exhibition entirely around Darwin and his work as a change if not in belief, in atmosphere about that belief. The Exhibition, Darwin: natural science and visual forms, includes a ‘virtual tour’ about the various pieces included in the actual exhibit.

Some pieces are of the animals and their habitats “Cottleyn orchid & three hummingbirds” (1971) by Martin Johnson Heade, a self confessed ‘monomanic’ about hummingbirds. Others demonstrated some of Darwin’s ideas; “Row in the jungle” 1863 by Joseph Wolf, who studied in the Zoological Gardens in Regent’s Park where Darwin himself studied. Whereas some where used to contributor of animal drawings to Darwin’s ‘expression of the emotion of men and animals’, like “Fidelity” 1869 by Briton Riviere, which is an oil painting of canine devotion.

I also found a written piece about Damien Hirst in the Guardian , as he “salutes Darwin’s ‘courage’ in On the Origin of Species painting”. The piece is written because Hirst painted the cover art for the 150th anniversary edition of Darwin’s work.  I then moved on to look into Hirst’s work, which all revolves around life and death. It was on one piece in particular that I got stuck on; “A thousand years“, 1990. Which involves a parlion seperating the dead head and a box of flies, although the side with the head has a ‘Insect-o-cutor’ hanging above it; basically the work evolves over time as the dead flies accumulate as the exhibition exists. it is escencially a “life cycle in a box”. Hirst explains it with “You can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.”

 

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