Keyhole

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Few months ago I published some hypothetical artworks of how I imagined a possible Arendelle world from Frozen in Kingdom Hearts III. And many guys asked for me to do more artworks of other worlds. So here it is! Some artworks inspired by Wreck It Ralph. Hope you like it ^-^

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Bok Globules in the Carina Nebula

A Bok globule nicknamed the “caterpillar” appears in the top image. Its glowing edge indicates that it is being photoionized by the hottest stars in the cluster. It has been hypothesized that stars may form inside such dusty cocoons. The top of the Keyhole Nebula, the most prominent feature embedded inside Carina, is in the bottom image. Another Bok globule is in the foreground.

Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble/N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley)

The Keyhole - This urban legend tells of a man who checks into a hotel for a couple of nights. The receptionist hands the man his key and warns him that there is a room nearby his room which has no number. She tells him under no circumstances should he attempt to enter this room or even look through the keyhole. The man goes to his room and becomes intrigued as to what the woman could have meant. The following night, his curiosity got the better of him and he made his way to the mysterious room and attempted to open the door, which was locked. He didn’t give up here and decided to look through the keyhole. The room appeared to be a normal hotel room similar to his own, but in the corner, he saw an extremely pale woman leaning up against the wall. The man then went back to his hotel room. On the third night, he decided he would look into the keyhole again. However, when he looked through all he could see was a deep shade of red. He assumed that the woman had noticed him the night before and covered the keyhole with a red piece of paper. Curious as to who this woman may be, he asked the receptionist about the room. He admitted to looking through the keyhole and what he saw. The receptionist signed and explained to him that many years ago, a man had brutally murdered his wife in that room and her ghost now haunts the room. She said that the woman is said to be very pale except for her eyes, which are bloodshot red.

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In the second chapter of his book Symbolic Logic (1892), C.L Dodgson, whose everlasting name is Lewis Carroll, wrote that the universe consists of things which can be ordered by classes and that one of these is the class of the impossible. He gave as an example the class of things which weigh more than a ton and that a boy is able to levitate. If they don’t exist, if they were not part of our happiness, we would say that the books of Alice [Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)] correspond to this category. In effect, how to conceive a work that is not less delightful and inviting than The Arabian Nights and that is likewise a plot of paradoxes of logical and metaphysical order? Alice dreams of the Red King, who is dreaming of her, and someone warns her that if the King awakens, she will go out like a candle, because she is no more than a dream of the King that she is dreaming. In regard to this reciprocal dream that well could have no end, Martin Gardner recalls a certain fat woman, who painted a thin female painter, who painted a fat female painter that painted a thin female painter, and so on to infinity.

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The layers of meaning embedded in representations of the human form and the complex relationship between the dialectics of the viewer and the object are at the core of the works in a Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection. The exhibition takes its name from Secret Affair (Gold), 2007, a stainless-steel sculpture by the Scottish artist Jim Lambie comprising the outline of an oversized keyhole placed incongruously in the landscape on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.  In this work, a simple framing device becomes an Alice in Wonderland portal to a secret garden, an irresistible invitation to what lies beyond and a metaphor for the infinite possibilities that exist between the corporeal and the abstract.

Text Citation:  Top: An excerpt from Jorge Luis Borges’s preface to the Spanish translation of the works of Lewis Carroll’s (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published in 1976. For more, click here.  Bottom:  An excerpt from “The Subversive Body,” an essay by Heather Pesanti, included in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, on view at  The Contemporary Austin from May 3 – August 24, 2014. For more information, click here.

Image Credits: Left: Installation view of Jim Lambie’s Secret Affair, 2008, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland. Right: Installation view of Jim Lambie’s Secret Affair (in the trees), 2007, part of the exhibition Reconstruction #2, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom.

-JR