Gordian Harp (2008)

Humor meets mythology. Perhaps you have heard the expression, that’s a Gordian knot or cutting the Gordian knot. That comes from a Thurgian legend about Alexander the Great. Thurgia was in present day Turkey. It seems like a lot of ancient civilizations were in present day Turkey. According to the legend a cart had been tied up to a post in a major Thurgian city with a very big, messy, complicated knot made of bark rope that no one to date had been able to undo. It was said that anyone who could undo the knot and release the cart would then go on to become the ruler of Asia. Well, when Alexander came through town with his army he decided to take a whack at it. His solution was not to try and unravel the knot but to make a quick and hard single stroke of his sword. This ...

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Humor meets mythology. Perhaps you have heard the expression, that’s a Gordian knot or cutting the Gordian knot. That comes from a Thurgian legend about Alexander the Great. Thurgia was in present day Turkey. It seems like a lot of ancient civilizations were in present day Turkey. According to the legend a cart had been tied up to a post in a major Thurgian city with a very big, messy, complicated knot made of bark rope that no one to date had been able to undo. It was said that anyone who could undo the knot and release the cart would then go on to become the ruler of Asia. Well, when Alexander came through town with his army he decided to take a whack at it. His solution was not to try and unravel the knot but to make a quick and hard single stroke of his sword. This then cut it in half was then a cinch to unravel the rest of the way. This artwork is then my version of the legend. No, it was not a knot. It fact it was this ancient musical instrument. Anyone who managed to play a melody with this old harp would go on to become the ruler of Asia. Take a close look at it and see the detail in the block of wood I managed to create and the metal sculpture I made from what was once upon a time just a simple blue ink drawing. If you can figure out how I pulled off this bit of magic, you will become the ruler of Asia. If you look at my artwork you will notice the one consistency is the lack of consistency. I try to make each piece different from all the others. With each piece I try something new and try to learn something in the process making each piece a process of self discovery.

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