TOTEMPOLES FOR TRAIN IN PROGRESS
onsdag 9-05-2012


PHOTOS BY RIKKE LUNA & DANIEL VAN DER NOON © IDOART.DK

On this coming friday, the 11th. of may 2012, I will be showing my newest work at Train for the collab between Misk Mask & I DO ART, since I was lucky to win their competition last month. Here you can read some of my thoughts and get a view into my process.

I began working on the Stelae Poles – the Mayan term/version of what are commonly known as Totem Poles which are strongly affiliated with Native American Indian peoples. They were comparably less complex and usually carved into stone – as opposed to the archetypal Totem Poles that are typically more shapely with arms and various other bits and pieces sticking out of the poles. But these Mayan poles still carried the same connotations – there were lots of reasons as to why they made these poles; some to advocate a moral message or warning, others to promote their faith and others to merely celebrate something or other. In a way I’ve kind of merged these styles together to make something of a spectacle out of the poles and lend shape to my musings inscribed onto the poles.

I was more interested in the visual communication of these cultures. During my trip to Hamburg (see previous blog) I took the time to take a look at a few sources along the way in various bookshops and the like that I found while exploring the city.

Anthropologically, historically and philosophically Inca and Mayan cultures, of course, varied greatly. The Maya were a cultural force during the classic period of ancient Mesoamerica history around 250-900AD – although what is termed as the pre-classic Mayan period dates back to 2000BC – and populated the present-day southern states of Mexico. The Incan empire, on the other, was located in modern-day Peru and came to prominence in the early 15th century, inevitably meeting their demise in the middle of the 16th century following an unsuccessful campaign to revile the Spanish conquest and a severe bout of smallpox which practically made the Inca extinct.

They did however share various similarities in terms of written communication, mathematical systems and artistic ideals utilising a hubbub of cryptic hieroglyphic symbols and images; something which I was of course invested in from the beginning of this project – and for that matter have been interested in for quite some time given my own drawing style. My main interest was Mayan script; how it worked as a system and some of the various symbols that were used.

It was to the Inca’s that I took a much larger interest in their architecture, art and geographical location – and how this informed their beliefs. The official language of the Inca’s was Quechua – a much more developed, modern-day language – but the Inca’s were nevertheless a ‘visual culture’ and had a vibrant mythology that envisioned the sun-god Inti as the centre of their universe. This was evoked in a lot of their art, which again was heavily symbolic and loaded with cryptic illustrations documenting their history and origins.

Researching all of this has invoked a subtle shift in style in these pieces that differ from my other material. It may be less obvious to others but these drawings of mine are narratives, and this time round I have arranged these ‘narratives’ in a way based on the arrangements used in Mayan script. Still working at the same speed and drawing openly as a means to process things swirling around my mind, I have challenged myself by introducing, or rather working in some of these symbols and hieroglyphs that I read about.


PHOTOS BY RIKKE LUNA & DANIEL VAN DER NOON © IDOART.DK

As you’ll see from the finished products it’s simply too large a scale project to document in rich details exactly what I’ve invested into these poles, and with the word count reaching 600 I’ll sign off here and see you on Friday the 11th when they’re hanging high.

MISK MASK & I DO ART
Fredag d. 11. maj, kl. 23-02, 2012
Kunstinstallation: Daniel van der Noon
Musik: Den Sorte Skole, Free The Robots og Dixone
Train | Toldbodgade 6 | 8000 Aarhus C | Facebook
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