Capturing the moonlight

Lunar art

10 December 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Martina von Wenzel; Owner, Fine Art Gallery; “For millenniums the moon was a thing of legends.”

Swakopmund

The Fine Art Gallery is currently exhibiting different lunar art pieces produced by artists Jost Kirten, Andre Garcia, Diane Johnson–Ackerman, Anita Roux and Trevor Beach. The artworks includes fire art, etching as well as oil on board and canvas paintings.

According to the owner of the Fine Art Gallery, Martina von Wenzel, many artists throughout the ages have captured the moon through some wonderful lunar art.

“The moment our prehistoric forebears first felt the urge to draw graffiti on cave walls, the moon has tugged at our creative consciousness, drawing forth our aesthetic imagination as commandingly as it pulls into rhythm the oceans’ tides,” said Von Wenzel.

She added that for millenniums the moon was a thing of legends. “People believed that it controlled our mood, our behaviour and even our destiny.

Galileo was at the forefront of observing space in 1609 already, trying to decipher the moon and its planetary counterparts. He laid the groundwork for the centuries-long artistic obsession that was to come.

“With one side constantly turned away from earth and a proven yet largely still unexplored connection to nature, womanhood and humankind itself, it has quickly become a canvas for artists’ fascination with mystery and allusion,” said Von Wenzel.

In art, the moon has often been used as a tool to set the mood. “Vincent van Gogh admired the moon through his bedroom window at the asylum at St.-Rémy-de-Provence in 1889.

‘Starry Night’ is almost an overwhelming dance of brush strokes, like starlight that has been and animated. It is one of the first major works of art that provides mankind with a sense of the night without relying on myth or religious symbols,” she said.

“Just like that, the moon which is much more than a featureless symbolic orb, was a real part of our collective memory and history. These are some of the reasons why it is the focus of Fine Art Gallery,” Von Wenzel concluded.

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