Spring / Summer 2013
A Collection was created around three basic ideas!
I. The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL
ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was
biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of
cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to
survive but to flourish and thrive...
"Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself
inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent...
this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the
present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has
proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant
Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being
just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.”
"We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or
large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to
revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..”
Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory
voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our
II .A Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding
perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well
III .Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of
our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep
FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a
closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with
billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy
had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a
telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an
image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision."
We would Like to dedicate this Spring / Summer MARLON GOBEL show to Mr. Neil
Armstrong who was the very first man to step foot on another world and share
that feeling of AWE with the world!
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