Speaking of the surreal try inventing a brand-new beast by assembling parts electronically.
The grotesque in this somewhat humorous composite creature
seems to tie in with the twentieth century's expansion of the entertainment industry, more specifically with video games.
Randall's Jefferson is, in effect, a composite creature
culled from the scholarship of the last quarter-century: not quite as magisterial as Malone's Jefferson, but thoroughly admirable, as romantic and human as Fawn Brodie's Jefferson, but without the psychiatric paraphernalia and with the Sally Hemmings story littered with question marks; neither as political as Noble Cunningham's nor as philosophical as Gary Wills' Jefferson, but a principled pragmatist nonetheless.
The Minotaur is a mythic figure from Greek mythology, a composite creature
with the head of a bull on the body of a man, basically a chthonic entity belonging to the nether world.
The composite creature
seems incongruous to the world as we know it.
This composite creature
shows up in Mesopotamian art as early as the Third Dynasty of Ur, 4,200 years ago.
Iconographic representations show that the lion and the serpent/dragon were so closely associated that they could actually be combined into a single composite creature
. Several archaic Mesopotamian cylinder seal impressions [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 AND 6 OMITTED] represent paired fantastic creatures with lions' bodies and heads, yet long intertwined serpentine necks.
The composite creature
was allegedly engineered through the symbolic fusion of Leo, the Lion, and Virgo, the Maiden, both now climbing out of the east on our monthly star chart.
Imagery of horned animals, composite creatures
, and animals acting as humans, which were at home in the mountains, was fundamental in shaping Sumerian approaches to the divine and the creation of associated art.
Lions appear repeatedly on the gateways leading to the Great Stupa erected at Sanchi about 2,000 years ago; as one of many species reverentially approaching the enlightened Buddha, as forest-dwellers living alongside elephants and hermits, as referents of Ashoka's standard, and as forming the bodies of composite creatures
serving as protectors.
Morbid illustrations of faceless beings and composite creatures
pepper the gallery amid sprawling pieces presenting a range of close-ups and horizons of dense cities.