Archive for August, 2008

Views of the Universe

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

One of the first things I did in the House Gallery was make a layered set of illustrations of views of the universe. The ancient Greek mathematician Ptolemy realised the Earth was a sphere but thought it was at the centre of the universe and that all of the planets orbited around it. He said the Sun was where the Earth is. He couldn’t see clearly beyond Saturn. 1500 odd years later, Copernicus figured out, (with flat earth carried by turtle theories in between) that the Earth wasn’t at the centre of the universe, or even the solar system. Nowadays we realise everything’s much more complicated than we might have thought. This is shown with a diagram of the timeline of the universe after the big bang showing how everything that exists is set in the context of space time. I used different coloured chalk to illustrate these different views of the universe and show how they have changed with time.

diagrams of the universe

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house gallery exhibition part 1

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I’ve just finished using the house gallery as a studio space for a couple of weeks.
It’s been fun. It’s also meant I’ve been able to work a few things through a little bit.
I think I’m a bit further along the line now than I was when I started the show. I’m going to talk about it bit by bit. It’s going to take a few posts which will appear here over the course of the next week or so.

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