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Structural analysis of some San Fancisco art

Artists are not aware that all artworks in all cultures follow a strict visual ‘grammar’, despite the apparent diversity, and distractions of subject and styling. The core content of art, myth, and ritual, is identical in all cultures.

Here are some examples of the subconscious mindprint in San Francisco art. Structural art analysis applies to any area, any culture, and any era, from the Ice Age to today.

I label and mark out the usual set of typological characters, in their standard sequence, with the eyes of opposite types on the usual ocular (eye to eye) axial grid, and with the the tri-polar structure of certain limb joints near the centre.

Mindprint structural art analysis of a graffiti mural in San Francisco, themed on cultural diversity. To see how these figures express some of the more frequent attributes of the subconscious typological sequence, use the standard format caption provided in an adjacent post. Also see a list of the features of the complex four-layered structure of visual expression, and more examples, on www.edmondfurter.wordpress.com. Artists are not aware that all artworks in all cultures follow a strict visual 'grammar', despite the apparent diversity, and distractions of subject and styling. The core content of art, myth, and ritual, is identical in all cultures.
Mindprint structural art analysis of a graffiti mural in San Francisco, themed on cultural diversity (Type labels and axial grid added by Edmond Furter). To see how these figures express some of the more frequent attributes of the subconscious typological sequence, use the standard format caption provided in an adjacent post. Also see a list of the features of the complex four-layered structure of visual expression, and more examples, on http://www.edmondfurter.wordpress.com.
Artists are not aware that all artworks in all cultures follow a strict visual ‘grammar’, despite the apparent diversity, and distractions of subject and styling. The core content of art, myth, and ritual, is identical in all cultures.

The prompt for this post was an internet radio interview on mindprint with Cliff Dunning of Earth Ancients, based in San Francisco.

Mindprint structural art analysis of an artwork titled Three Apostles of Jazz (San Francisco Public Library exhibition). This is one of very few slightly flawed expressions found among 570 analyses from every culture and age worldwide. Type 4 Pisces is absent, or merely part of a tree, or the Aztec sun stone copy meant to express the type ('sun' and 'twins' are among the attributes of type Pisces), is displaced. The reason for the anomaly, resembling a slight grammatical error, seems to be the extension of the work by adding some paper or canvas on the left, or contracting tine initially longer work at the apparent fold. Extended scenes are also found in rock art. Mindprint is traceable and provable in any artwork containing more than eleven characters or figures, including eyes on statues, and pictures within pictures.
Mindprint structural art analysis of an artwork titled Three Apostles of Jazz (San Francisco Public Library exhibition). This is one of very few slightly flawed expressions found among 570 analyses from every culture and age worldwide. Type 4 King may be the Aztec sun stone copy (‘sun’ and ‘twins’ are among the features of type 4), but it is off the axial grid. The reason for the anomaly, resembling a slight grammatical error, seems to be the extension of the work by adding some paper or canvas on the left, or contracting tine initially longer work at the apparent fold. Extended scenes are also found in rock art.
Mindprint is traceable and provable in any artwork containing more than eleven characters or figures, including eyes on statues, and pictures within pictures.
Mindprint structural analysis of a Chinese festival scene on the much larger fabric of the Union Square Hyatt fountain in San Francisco. Several other scenes or groups on this fountain exterior also express visual structure. Artists are not aware of the structure, nor could it be faked. The polar triangles at the centre, usually expressed by certain limb joints, and by the horizontal or vertical plane of the figures, roughly indicate the temporal framework of the relevant culture, in terms of precesisonal Ages. Artists are not astronomers, nor astrologers, nor historians, nor merely illustrators of natural or cultural scenes or myths. The entire structure is subconscious, just as grammatical structure is subconscious to almost all speakers of any language.
Mindprint structural analysis of a Chinese festival scene on the much larger fabric of the Union Square Hyatt fountain in San Francisco (type labels and axial grid added by Edmond Furter). Several other scenes or groups on this fountain exterior also express visual structure. Artists are not aware of the structure, nor could it be faked.
The polar triangles at the centre, usually expressed by certain limb joints, and by the horizontal or vertical plane of the figures, roughly indicate the temporal framework of the relevant culture, in terms of precessional Ages.
Artists are not astronomers, nor astrologers, nor historians, nor merely illustrators of natural or cultural scenes or myths. The entire structure is subconscious, just as grammatical structure is subconscious to almost all speakers of any language.

 

 

Mindprint structural analysis of an artwork titled Homeless State Prison (San Francisco Public Library exhibition). Type 12/13 Leo is feline (here a puma) in 14% of artworks worldwide, including rock art. He is always (85%) positioned with his heart on the axial grid, instead of his eye as most of the other figures are. A slight change in the position of some of the figures would invalidate the complex and testable claims that I make in Mindprint, the subconscious art code. The complexity and variety of structural expression in the art and myth and ritual of Stone Age, Ice Age, early cities, classical and modern cultures, is identical. Culture does not evolve, it only mutates. Despite the multiplication of technologies in cultures of high population density (such as Egypt, India, China, Europe, Mexico and other places), the core content of our cultural expressions in all media remain the same.
Artwork titles Homeless State Prison (San Francisco Public Library exhibition, Type labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter).
Type 12/13 Heart or Leo is often felid (here a puma). He always (85%) has his heart on the axial grid, instead of his eye as other figures have. A slight change in the position of two or three characters would invalidate the complex and testable claims of the mindprint model, yet no acknowledged artwork has yet been found as an exception to the rule.
The complexity and variety of structural expression in the art and myth and ritual of Stone Age, Ice Age, early cities, classical and modern cultures, is identical. Culture does not evolve, it only mutates. Despite the multiplication of technologies in cultures of high population density (such as Egypt, India, China, Europe, Mexico and other places), the core content of our cultural expressions in all media remain the same.

 

By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014, Lulu.com), to demonstrate five layers of recurrent features in 200 artworks of all cultures and Ages, revealing the archetypal core content of culture. His second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (2016, Four Equators Media), expands demonstrations of the subconscious expression of archetypal structure to houses, temples, monuments, pyramid fields, geoglyphs, villages, cities and regions. The same structure also appears in mythology, such as Babylonian building rituals; and in reflexology points in our hands and irises, thus in nature. Stoneprint also demonstrates that the periodic table is a kind of natural 'culture', and that culture is a natural 'species' of behaviour. The structure in our works is as rigorous as grammar or DNA.
The books Mindprint, and Stoneprint, and editions of the structuralist anthropology periodical, Stoneprint Journal (some of which are available on Lulu.com), draw on extensive research in iconography, archaeology, history, esoterica, astronomy, art history and structuralist anthropology, spanning 26 years.
The core content of culture includes about 100 recurrent features of the sixteen main types, their sequence, five polar markers, and a time-frame orientation, that nature, individuals and societies subconsciously and compulsively express in all media. The mindprint or stoneprint model of structuralist anthropology has several major implications for all the human sciences, and offers a theoretical bases for a holistic approach to the study of the cultural record. Edmond Furter works as a freelance researcher and editor in Johannesburg.
Order the book Mindprint at $30, or the book Stoneprint at $30, or editions of Stoneprint Journal at $5, plus postage, on edmondfurter at gmail dot com; or Mindprint, or Stoneprint Journal editions on Lulu.com

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