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The Forbidden Spark by borda The Forbidden Spark by borda
oil on canvas, 100x80 cm.
a...not easy to explain this one, is about the memes, and their levels.
Short about the memes:

The memes have 3 levels:
1) the organic one, the living organisms
2) the mind level, all human ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. A meme is the smallest atomic unit of information that is stored in the mind that can be socially transmitted and reproduced. Their evolution respect the darwininan principles of selection.
3) the technological memes that does not have his genital organs ready for the job is the artificial life, nanorobots & stuff, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive

better see this video with Susan Blackmore from
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Given 2009-01-11
Layer upon layer of detail continue to unfold in The Forbidden Spark by ~borda, each new visual discovery lending as further means for broad and wondrous interpretations. ( Suggested by BeehiveStudio and Featured by snowmask )
I really love this painting, it really is a masterpiece and obviously comes from someone who has a deep understanding of people and the subconscious!. In this painting there are three observers, the machine ego on the couch projecting romantic love onto the female, The man in black who is watching them, and most cleverly of all, you!

The artist has added a mouse and keyboard knowing that this work would be seen online, and so it mirrors your mouse and keyboard. Making you the observer, observing the painting. The apple here represents the original sin from the garden of eden, with the two original humans/apes in front. The wine and bread on the table represent the body and blood of christ, the snake eating itself in the back represents infinity. There is a beautiful duality between the machine and the female body. A nice touch is the chastity belt the female body wears indicating that the relationship is not a physical/sexual one but an anima projection.

I'm still not entirely sure what the tourists passing by and the sextants represent, but I guess that is what makes this piece so interesting! I'm a huge fan of art that makes you more aware, that can improve peoples lives and this is certainly one of them. I would have loved to see the artist address the solution to anima projecting but maybe the clues are already there.

The technique is oustanding I think, the reds and pinks complement the romance theme perfectly. The shading and lighting are interesting in that some shadows are going in opposite directions, which lend it a dreamlike quality.

Overall I think this piece speaks for itself, and rates as one of my personal favorites.
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The wife (Kiki) and I love this piece. Salvador Dali would be proud of you for your presentation and execution in this complex style. Your unique inventiveness of elements shines above most artists in the surreal genre, and many others. There's a warmth about your work that stretches beyond the mere technical and mechanical of pieces themed in robotic artistic works. The many dimensions of this piece jibe well. And one's mind could dance perpetually with new findings associated with subconscious and evident conclusions, yet still not see all of the visuals staring back at them. Which makes this work so much fun. Thanks for the groovy gift, bro! :squee: K&K :squee:
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echo-ofthe-rose Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student General Artist
my god, the surrealism... I can't even put into words how this makes me feel. I never want to stop looking at it! definitely something I'd keep coming back to!
Alexandria0513 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Speechless, this is amazing
Nitisara Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
very interesting
C-Johnson462 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Is that an Ourboros plaque on the wall??
Isamormor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very good work!incredible!
Isamormor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good work!
r-n-b-w Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
any chance of getting this in higher resolution, would love to have this on my wall
FurorArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Please accept our request of this piece to :iconpearls-of-dreams:

It will make a great addition to our group gallery.

Thank you.
Angiee27 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I love your work!
I hope at some point to see a sample yours.
My admiration from Argentina
Tricibility Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Your intelligence and creativity is over my understanding...
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