fishes of cerebria

Fishes from the realm of cerebria. This is an ongoing work of digital photomontages from September 2020. (Archival prints are available up to A2 size.)

Here is a clavis, or key, to the realm of cerebria. You can also see the folios postcards from cerebria, tales from cerebria and fires of cerebria, all from earlier in 2020.

Many of these works use background images by Max Hutzel (1911-1988), who photographed in Italy from the early 1960s until his death. The result of his project was referred to by Hutzel as Foto Arte Minore – a documentation of art historical developments in Italy up to the 18th century. In these works I celebrate his exhaustive and elegant project.

no. 1

fishes of cerebria no. 1

no. 2

fishes of cerebria no. 2

no. 3

fishes of cerebria no. 3

no. 4

fishes of cerebria no. 4
fishes of cerebria no. 4 (detail)

(detail)

no. 5

fishes of cerebria no. 5

no. 6

fishes of cerebria no. 6

no. 7

fishes of cerebria no. 7

no. 8

fishes of cerebria no. 8

no. 9

fishes of cerebria no. 9
fishes of cerebria no. 9 (detail)

(detail)


About the works:

“no. 1” – Fish: from Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt, “Gurnard”, pen and ink, from his albums (1550-1632), “Natural history painting at the court of Rudolph II in Prague”, p. 125, pl. 48. Background: from Caspar Luyken (printmaker), “Emblem: shells – Young man on a beach looks at shells”, etching, 1695 – 1705 [man at position of brazier removed, colour added].

“no. 2” – Fish: from Nicolaas de Bruyn , “Eel and perch”, engraving, 1581 – 1652. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Abruzzo–L’Aquila–Fossa–Monastery of S. Spirito d’Ocre, Image 32”, 1960 – 1990, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 3” – Fish: from “Barracuda” (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Arm: from Anon., “Arms of criminal whose whole body was more or less tattooed”. Background: from Anon., “Edition Photoglob./ 529. Trummelbach, Cascade” (from the book “Reisalbum van Europa en Zuid-Afrika met 125 foto’s Souvenir du Voyage”, 1870 – 1900)

“no. 4” – Fish: from “Sea Sparrow-Hawk” (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Head: from Max Hutzel, “Abruzzo–Chieti–Chieti–Museo Nazionale di Antichita, Image 40”, 1960 – 1990”. Lance: from Anon., “Lance from a coat of arms”, wood and steel, 1833 – 1835. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Viterbo–Bolsena–Museo Comunale, Image 1”, 1960 – 1990”. Head and background credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 5” – Fish: from “Muray” (green or black moray) (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Cup: from Anon., “Kroes, decorated with the coat of arms of Vlissingen and the marquisate Veere”, silver, 1632. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Basilicata–Matera–Matera–S. Nicola dei Greci, Image 21”, 1960 – 1990”, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 6” – Fish: from “Hirundo (Flying Fish)” (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Man: from Anon, “A strongman flexes his biceps, seen from behind”, photographic postcard, London, ca. 1900s. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Campania–Caserta–Santa Maria Capua Vetere–Anfiteatro Campano, Image 73”, 1960 – 1990”, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 7” – Fish: from “Perca marina capite striato (Grunt)” (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Man: from Anon, “An athletic man posing bare-chested”, photographic postcard, ca. 1900s. Vessel: from Jacob Pfaff (attributed to), “Tankard on three spherical legs, decorated with a passionate depiction of three allegorical children’s figures in oval medallions with fruit clusters in between”, silver, gilding, 1675 – 1700. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Umbria–Terni–Montecastrilli–S. Vittorina, Image 18”, 1960 – 1990”, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 8” – Fish: from “Perca marina rubra (Squirrel)” (from the book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands“, Vol 2, Mark Catesby, 1734 – 1747, Biodiversity Heritage Library). Male figure: from A. Mongrédien, “Muscles of the trunk: an écorché figure showing a side view of the torso”, watercolour, ca. 1880. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Viterbo–Bomarzo–Palazzo Orsini, Image 26”, 1960 – 1990”, credit Getty Open Content Program.

“no. 9” – Fish: from Nicolaes de Bruyn (printmaker), “Sturgeon”, from “Cod and sturgeon – Libelivs varia Genera piscium complectens”, engraving, 1581 – 1656. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Marches–Pesaro–Fossombrone–Museo Civico A. Vernarecci, Image 39”, 1960 – 1990”, credit Getty Open Content Program [colour added].