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2002
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Icarus & Pandora

[DIS]OBEDIENCE Merely Mortal September 2002

[dis]obediencepassionflowers & thresholds thou shalt not11 clichéswhispering selves playing field pupae peoplebeauty & madnessthe space between

The shared motive of these two mythological characters, is that of disobedience. Icarus’ main sin was his disobedience to his father, Daedalus, in flying too close to the sun. Pandora did not listen to her husband, Hephaistos’ brother, and opened the jar that she was warned not to.

In both stories there are severe injustices:
• Daedalus made the wings his son flew with, and was responsible for their incarceration in the labyrinth – his son sharing in the punishment but having had no part in the original crime…
• Hephaistos made the plagues and horrible things that got released when Pandora opened the jar – the very jar that was given to her as a wedding gift by Zeus himself!

The references to the patriarchal (master narrative) in these two stories are clear. However, they have always been told from the master’s perspective and both these characters get their dues – they disappear off the face of the known world – their stories are erased. However, the disobedience of the disenfranchised is the only way of upsetting the status quo.

Icarus and Pandora (the artists) see the role of the creative person as the inventor of meaning. The narration of the stories needed by humanity to enable us to understand and live meaningful lives.

We live beyond ‘post modernism’. The master narrative has collapsed and a great many Pandoras and Icaruses are living the disobedient life. (The master being absent, or not taking responsibility for his own creations.) Thus there is as yet no hope, no alternative ending to their stories, and meaning still eludes us. As artists we have engaged this void. We are looking for the alternative stories.

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[dis]obedience

[dis]obedience

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Passionflowers and Thresholds

Passions and Thresholds
50 gigle prints, 14 x 23,5 cm, printed on Fabriano Rosaspina.Click image to view the whole series.

This series of giglé prints was created over five months (November 2001 – March 2002) as a visual dialogue betewen Icarus and Pandora.

The artists explored the play between image and meaning, sometimes appropriating each other’s visual voacbulary, in much the same way that one would use words in different contexts. More concerned with the interplay between works and the development of themes than the individual final pieces, the works should be read as phrases in a conversation.

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Thou Shalt Not

Thou Shalt Not

lambda prints on canvas and carpet 300 x 200cm.

A ceiling - floor installation

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11 Clichés

11 Clichés

Icarus and Pandora playing naughts and crosses.

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Whispering selves

whispering selves

(Lambda prints on cotton) 250 x 150 cm. Click image to view enlargement.

Two portraits facing each other accompanied by an audio track of poetry.

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Playing Field / Playing for time
Lambda prints on coated paper – 150 x 150 cm.

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Pupae People
App.6 x 9 x 18 cm each.

Three disobedient objects – bronze sculptures intended to be handled, not just looked at.

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The Beauty and the Madness – Clichés
Lambda prints on stretched canvas. 40 x 40 cm

This is a tongue-in-cheek exploration of those things that people utter without the slightest hesitation… A pointless game of naughts and crosses, where the victor/victoria is pre-determined by the first move.

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The Space Between
2 Giglé prints on Fabriano Rosaspina

Reworking some of the images created in ‘Chance Encounters’. The boundaries between Icarus’ and Pandora’s work has become blurred, with both images containing previous images created by both artists.

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Posted 10 December 2005, www.annisnyman.co.za, author: Anni Snyman

All work is under a Creative Commons Copyright Licence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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