Conveyor Magazine is currently seeking photographic work for Issue No. 6. In this issue, we delve into the subject of alchemy as a method of transmutation, an intricate system of codes and rituals, and a precursor to modern science. Even at its origin two thousand years ago in Greco-Roman Egypt, the art of alchemy encompassed far more than the pursuit of chrysopoeia—to transform into gold. Across history, alchemists in every corner sought to enhance their understanding of and mastery over the natural and spiritual realms. Incorporating seemingly disparate realms of human knowledge, alchemy flourished as an investigation into the unity of ideas. In pursuit of the Philosophers Stone, alchemists both ancient and modern have sought to uncover the hidden connections which unify the intellectual, the spiritual, and the physical; to transform nature, master matter, and live forever. Deadline for Submissions May 15th, 2014 at Midnight PST
Happy birthday to Edward Hicks (1780–1849). A sign painter “called” to preaching, Hicks repeatedly expressed through his paintings his Quaker belief in mankind’s ability to live together harmoniously. In a few cases Hicks focused entirely on William Penn and his party under the famous Treaty Elm, as seen here. For these works Hicks followed the composition of an engraving based on Benjamin West’s famous 1772 depiction of the event. These treaty scenes, sometimes accompanied by the artist’s inscription proclaiming Penn’s legendary meeting as “The foundation of Religious and Civil Liberty, in the U.S. of America,” reiterate the message of tolerance borne by all his Peaceable Kingdom paintings. This original veneered frame still bears its gilt-lettered title, testifying to Hicks’s professional skill as a sign painter.
Happy birthday to Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), born on this day in 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain. This charming early work, “The Seesaw,” was part of a set of royal tapestries commissioned by Charles IV. This study gives a taste of the Rococo gaiety of the period in its humorous subject of children at play, some triumphant and some in tears, and pastel color palette. The work also foreshadows the dark paintings Goya would later be known for, in the developing storm in the background. More works by the artist here.
“The Seesaw,” 1791–92, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes