Most art lovers tend to think of
Techno-Impressionism as a fairly recent art movement. However, recent
discoveries by archaeologists and art historians are beginning to show
that this is not the case.
These revealing new finds, from greatly
varied sources, are shedding new light on the true origins of
Techno-Impressionism. The art works exhibited here have influenced
artists at many different locations and historical periods.
And now, thanks to art historians, cultural
anthropologists, and others too numerous to mention, we are proud to
present this exhibition which traces Techno-Impressionism back to its
This pottery shard is a outstanding example
of prehistoric Greek art. It is considered by most art historians to
be a part of the "Keros Hoard," which includes fragments of marble
figurines and vases from the Cycladic culture of the 3rd millennium
There is some disagreement about the source
of this piece, but historians now believe it came from the small
uninhabited island of Keros, between Naxos and Amorgos.
It is rumored that at one time, this item
was a part of the private collection of Stavros S. Niarchos
This exquisite pottery shard was recently
unearthed in a dig inside the Colosseum (referred to by historians as
the "Rome Dome") . It is believed to be a fragment of a vessel such
as vase or cup, and has been dated at about 70 A.D.
The specimen is on loan from an historical
society in Rome.
Art historians agree that it was this sort
of art that helped contribute to the decline of the Roman empire. It
may also have been responsible for the apocryphal saying:
"All roads lead to
This specimen was found on the island of
Hokkaido, in northern Japan. It is a rare variation of the
traditional Japanese art form "Ukiyo-e," commonly referred to by art
historians as "Kaki-e" (literally: "oyster art"). This specimen has
been placed in the early Meiji period (circa 1890).
Notice how the artist, through an inspired
use of "negative space" has managed to give his subject an intriguing
three-dimensional quality. The unusual choice of media gives this
work a feeling of transparency and lightness.
This intriguing specimen was found in an
archeological dig on the Salisbury Plain in Great Britain, the
location of the fabled Stonehenge.
Anthropologists agree that it appears to be
an example of a druidic mini-totem (sometimes referred to as a
The exact use of this item, within the
Druidic culture, is not completely understood, but several leading
anthropologists have postulated that it was erected outside the home
of an important artist. They speculate that its purpose was to ward
This is the most unusual specimen in the
exhibition. It was picked up with a group of rock samples by the
Apollo 17 Moon landing mission in December 1972 at a mountain-ringed
valley on the edge of the Sea of Serenity. The drawing on this rock
was not noticed until the specimen was examined in a NASA laboratory,
back on Earth. Unfortunately, this was the last manned mission to the
Moon, so there was no chance to do a follow-up and search for similar
For a time, this rock resided in a
government establishment in Roswell, New Mexico, but recently came to
the attention of art historians when this material was
Radiocarbon dating has placed the age of
this specimen at approximately two million years, making it the
earliest known example of Techno-Impressionism. However, geologic
analysis of this specimen has shown that its actual origin is the
planet Mars, and it is likely that some sort of volcanic eruption was
responsible for its eventual placement on the Moon.
So, while scientists search for
extraterrestrial life, the real question seems to be:
Techno-Impressionism on other planets?"
The curator wishes to thank the following
organizations for their help in preparing this exhibit:
The Metropolitan Museum of
National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
Salisbury University (Archeology Department)
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (Sakai Collection)
National Museum of Rome (Palazzo Massimo)
Hokkaido Tokai University (Art History Department)
The Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens)
This exhibit is sponsored by a corporate
Excuses ("You name it, we blame
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