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Exhibition 15-23 January 2010  The Seneca Collection  Rose Issa Projects London

Graham Day (BAA Fine Art 1968-71)

Octahedron and shadow 2004. Painted fibreboard 97 x 63 cm (photo Heini Schneebeli)

PLATO'S SHADOW
An exhibition of models derived from Wenzel Jamnitzer's 1568 book
Perspectiva Corporum Regularium

"IN HONOUR OF ALL THOSE FOND OF THE FREE ARTS"
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GRAHAM DAY
Plato's Shadow

This exhibition of philosophical models illustrates Plato's (c.427-347 B.C.E.) four stages of awareness outlined in his famous dialogue the Republic. The lowest stage was eikasia - illusion; shadows, reflections, tricks of the light. Followed by pistis - belief; objects or ideas that might or might not be true, an element of trust is involved. These first two stages were considered to be doxo - opinion. Thirdly came dianoia - reason, rationalization, measurement of things from the preceding categories. Finally came episteme - pure thought; appreciation and understanding of why and how things really are. These last two categories were considered noesis - knowledge.

Day has used the five regular polyhedra known as the Platonic Solids as his models. Cutting and painting the illusionistic figures from flat sheets of fibreboard and mounting them on adjustable brackets so that they can cast deceptive shadows. The Platonic solids, known since Pythagoras, have an illustrious history. Considered fundamental by the ancient Greeks they were rediscovered during the Renaissance and illustrated by Leonardo for a work on perspective.

Johanes Kepler (1571-1630) thought that he had discovered the underlying organization of the universe within the relationships between the five shapes. In the last century Werner Heisenberg (1901-76) said that the shapes played a crucial role in his own development of the ideas of quantum theory.

Today, however the forms no longer command such scientific veneration and can now revert to an earlier symbiotic role as emblems of perfection; philosophical teaching aids; yantras for contemplation.

Graham Day was born in central London in 1946 and educated at The Slade School of Fine Art (University College). He has exhibited widely in Great Britain, Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. Examples of his work have been acquired by The British Museum, The British Library and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris; the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the World Bank in Washington and numerous private collections throughout the world. He is currently lecturing in Fine Art at Bath Spa University College who have contributed to this exhibition.
17 Nov -19 Dec 2004

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Graham Day 2006 Exhibition...

...at Connecticut College
Cummings Arts Center Gallery 66
Jan 30 - Mar 3, 2006

The Game of Life

Vertigo - Gouache on paper 2005

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Peter John Wells - 2005/07
Prospectuses from 1950, 58, 61, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72 & 82          
Prospectuses from 1950, 58, 61, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72 & 82