Since his arrival on the New York scene more than two decades ago, the Louisiana native has been hailed for his intricately woven sculptures: whimsical, if sometimes also slightly disturbing, forms that often tip into anthropomorphism
IN THE very British spirit of anthropomorphism
, observers often reckon the horse to be a noble steed, perhaps with an intelligent head and, for no obvious reason, horse sense.
And they elicit the same from their human partners: Machine and human mirror each other, anthropomorphism
meeting mechanomorphism, and the result is a distinctive form of sensuality--perverse, vaguely disturbing, but endlessly fascinating--that literally embodies the Italian philosopher Mario Perniola's call for a new human able "to give oneself as a thing that feels and to take a thing that feels.
During much of the '70s, Gorchov's way of riffing on the projected anthropomorphism
of action painting was to slow the gesture down and shape it, while dividing the task of mark making between the left and right hands in order to italicize the difference between them.
For the longest time, following the example of a writer I considered nearly infallible, I thought the adjective that defined the quality inherent in clouds, rocks, and so on that permits us to see various things in them--perhaps most notoriously the face of Christ--was "magmatic," and that this word got at the shifting quality of their anthropomorphism
Horses sleep standing up and we may just be guilty of anthropomorphism
in thinking travel takes it out of them as it takes it out of us.
Griffin's rallying call for a return to mentalism clearly struck a chord with some ethologists, though the move in recent years has been towards a more constrained anthropomorphism
that maintains the assumption of mental continuity between species while leaving space for parsimony.
Though he says that he is concerned with getting beyond 'the provincial [in the Universe] concerns of the moment, beyond anthropomorphism
and fashion', he uses two of the most fashion-conscious architects in the world today (Koolhaas and Eisenman) as exemplars of the new thinking.
As examples of anthropomorphism
-- animals dressed in humans'clothes and adopting human traits -- they are without equal.
A tribute to anthropomorphism
, this exhibition shows work inspired by the human form, and investigates the relationship between the physical body and that more ephemeral concept, the sense of self.
The thorny issue of anthropomorphism
is duly tangled with, and Oerlemens is surely right to point out that both the concept of anthropomorphism
and its prohibition are inherent feature of anthropocentrism: the chances are there is no way out of that particular ecocritical thicket.
Resisting any attempt as anthropomorphism
, it's fascinating stuff, both informative in its basic natural history and playful in dropping a 3D spider right between your eyes and cutely panning the camera away behind a leaf as Hierodula and his mate get it on.