Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

When art says something troubling

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-11-21

More dangerous than the Henson exhibition to some people’s view of what civil society is and should be is an exhibition currently open in the US.  It goes to the heart of civil rights… and I’m not talking about censorship.

Have a look at the pictures.  Anyone care to comment about the aesthetic?  (They remind me vaguely of something Asian, with the Panbanisha seeming distinctly calligraphic.)  Details of the artists and more paintings over the fold, although I can say their talents may be familial: Kanzi and Panbanisha share a parent.

Pillow Painting by Kanzi

"Pillow Painting" by Kanzi

Untitled by Panbanisha

"Untitled" by Panbanisha

The “Untitled” by Panbanisha is still available on eBay starting at about US$1000.  Kanzi, the painter of "Pillow Painting" is quite famous in the scientific community.

If you like the paintings, then you might like to see photos or videos of the artists at work.

Oh, yeah, in case you didn’t follow the links: the paintings are part of the Apes Helping Apes project, and no, the ape painters usually aren’t from genus homo, and the painting titles are defined by the artists.

A proud artist - click for Panbanisha bio

A proud artist - click for bio

The Vatican thinks humans have souls, but these artists don’t.  Shame!  Give them quasi-human rights I say!

Apes helping apes logo

Apes helping apes logo

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2 Responses to “When art says something troubling”

  1. That would appear pretty intense, Dave. What’s the risk that it’s just random?

  2. Dave Bath said

    The risk of randomness is probably minimal, especially if you compare the layout with that produced by toddlers and pre-schoolers. My grandson’s efforts (he’ll be two in a few months) are random. These aren’t.

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