Benny & The Jets - Elton John
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Three Colors: White, 1994.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene. 1957
Probably my favorite Marilyn portrait of all time.
Sigmar Polke, 1971-74, Spiderman
“We are born and we die,” Bacon proclaimed, “but in between we give this purposeless existence a meaning by our drives.” Sex, food, body functions, the will to create—these all give some meaning, although varied, to human existence. Maybe this explains in part Bacon’s Triptych Inspired By T. S. Eliot’s Poem Sweeney Agonistes (1967). Bacon had been reading Eliot’s verse dramas and the famous three-part summary of the human situation:
“That’s all the facts when you come to brass tacks:
Birth, and copulation, and death.”
David Bowie - Space Oddity
There is no aspect of our experience not molded in some way by metaphor’s almost imperceptible touch. Once you twig to metaphor’s modus operandi, you’ll find its fingerprints on absolutely everything.
Metaphorical thinking — our instinct not just for describing but for comprehending one thing in terms of another, for equating I with an other — shapes our view of the world, and is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover, and invent.
Metaphor is a way of thought long before it is a way with words.
Fascinating read on what children’s use of metaphor reveals about how the mind and the imagination work. (via explore-blog)
Amodal perception is the basis of metaphorical thought and we do this pretty much from birth…discussed by Daniel Stern in his book The Interpersonal World of the Infant (1986). Based on research by Meltzoff and Borton (79) Intermodal Matching by Human Neonates.