URBAN AESTHETIC no.31 (The Cave)


Painted wood blocks, acrylic paint, and collage on board

58 x 47 x 5.3 cm (Framed)

Collage on board (wood blocks, original pages from The Republic by Plato, ink, and acrylic paint

This piece includes text from Plato’s allegory of The Cave and his Theory of Art, both of which are presented in The Republic. In The Cave Plato describes a group of prisoners who are chained to the wall of a cave, facing a blank wall. A fire behind them projects shadows which become the prisoner’s reality but are not accurate representations of the real world. For Plato, the shadows represent the fragments of reality that we normally perceive through our senses.

This was an important text for me at university and is often the starting point for students of Philosophy and Aesthetics.

The colour scheme in UA31, mostly primary and earthy tones, are chosen to represent the purest of things, echoing Plato’s idea that reality can only be understood through the true Forms of things.

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Original collage painting on wood blocks by Stephen Tribbel. Multi coloured squares. Painted letters on pages from Plato’s The Republic.URBAN AESTHETIC no.31 (The Cave)