Example of structuralist art analysis, of a Hopi Candle Night ritual scene, and a Dogon painted mud relief mural. Members and students recognise several stock kachina characters, rituals and items, and Dogon myths. But artists, members and students of any culture, could now identify the archetypal features in any artwork by using the axial grid between eyes, and the list of recurrent archetypal features, on which culture is based (Furter 2014, 2016). The characters are not ‘constellations’.
Nature and culture both compulsively, subconsciously express five layers of eternal, archetypal structure that predate creation, and inform perpetual re-creation. Crop circles indicate nature at play. She uses biological shapes, and what we label ‘abstract’ angles and numbers, but they are as basic as space, time and archetypal meaning; what we egotistically label ‘concepts’ and ‘symbols’. Crop circles are lessons in humility.
A vulture and scorpion among the animals carved on Gobekli Tepe pillar D43, attracted several interpretations as a ‘zodiac’. However no coherent star map, observational record, or zodiac emerged. There is some consensus that four species on two other pillars could be seasonal ‘beasts’. As in artworks worldwide, in all Ages, the design subconsciously expresses the five-layered archetypal structure found in myth, ritual, building sites, calendars, constellations and decans.
Artworks and art galleries rarely become a public socio-political battleground, as in the 2016 -2017 University of Cape Town (UCT) student bonfire, and the censorship attempt. Subconscious content in Pippa Skotnes’ San-styled window adds to the ironies of cultural appropriation.
Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (Edmond Furter, 2016, Four Equators Media, 400 pages, 170mm x 295mm, 130 illustrations) resolves the mysteries of correspondences between ancient cultures. The book reveals the core content and ‘grammar’ or ‘DNA’ of culture. We have an innate subconscious compulsion to express a specific, complex, archetypal set of features, in sequence, and on an axial grid, in all our works.
The building blocks of culture are the five abstract layers, like the building blocks of nature are elements, their properties, combinations, and reactions; from indestructible electrons to fragile self-replicating creatures. Our replications or ‘creations’ are equally over-determined.
Prof Emmanuel Anati (2004) had noted a combination of innate compulsion, and communicative development in rock art, linked to economic complexity levels. … More