Daniel Arsham’s fine perception of space and his unique ability to establish a dialogue with the public have brought him a well deserved success. Here are two of his works from last year’s exhibition “Moving Architecture” shown at @vdnh_russia ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Rural landscape.This painting has both an image of a woman and A. ramidus (the oldest hominid ancestors we know of) suggesting the work is about evolution along with the placement of the two figures. Ardi is placed closer to the bottom indicating growth, development and evolution which leads to the woman who is placed higher above in the painting. Between Ardi and the woman lies another face, similar to Ardi’s yet different, she has more recognizable human qualities (larger lips, cheekbones, chin, eyebrow, less hair) which again emphasizes the piece is telling a evolutionary story. The 3D renders that are part of her head symbolize brain growth and the creativity of mankind. The shapes sprout out beyond the body symbolizing a vast amount of ideas and abilities however, they are not endless making a suggestion to our limitations.
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The implications of bipedalism (walking on two feet) are massive.... “It is now believed that the first and most important spurt in the brain size of man’s direct ancestors was associated with… bipedalism” (Peter Watson, 30). Bipedalism freed our hands which could now make tools, that in turn could be used for hunting animals therefore making our diet more “calorie-rich…[which] enabled further brain growth” (‘’). Watson points out that “females could only give birth to relatively small-brain offspring—because mothers needed relatively small pelvises… to walk”(‘’)...Having babies with smaller brains and softer, not fully developed skulls—in order for the mother to survive after child birth—would mean there is more room for the brain to grow and develop outside the womb unlike other primates.
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