Thursday, 15 August 2019

2019 More Circles than Squares art project by Doug Brinkman

Bear my #heART🎨

2019-08-29 The Alberta legislature has no dome (Placard) #ClimateStrike #Extinction

Symbolism of domes According to E. Baldwin Smith, from the late Stone Age the dome-shaped tomb was used as a reproduction of the ancestral, god-given shelter made permanent as a venerated home of the dead. The instinctive desire to do this resulted in widespread domical mortuary traditions across the ancient world, from the stupas of India to the tholos tombs of Iberia. By Hellenistic and Roman times, the domical tholos had become the customary cemetery symbol. Domes and tent-canopies were also associated with the heavens in Ancient Persia and the Hellenistic-Roman world. A dome over a square base reflected the geometric symbolism of those shapes. The circle represented perfection, eternity, and the heavens. The square represented the earth. An octagon was intermediate between the two. The distinct symbolism of the heavenly or cosmic tent stemming from the royal audience tents of Achaemenid and Indian rulers was adopted by Roman rulers in imitation of Alexander the Great, becoming the imperial baldachin. This probably began with Nero, whose "Golden House" also made the dome an essential feature of palace architecture.The dual sepulchral and heavenly symbolism was adopted by early Christians in both the use of domes in architecture and in the ciborium, a domical canopy like the baldachin used as a ritual covering for relics or the church altar. The celestial symbolism of the dome, however, was the preeminent one by the Christian era. In the early centuries of Islam, domes were closely associated with royalty. A dome built in front of the mihrab of a mosque, for example, was at least initially meant to emphasize the place of a prince during royal ceremonies. Over time such domes became primarily focal points for decoration or the direction of prayer. The use of domes in mausoleums can likewise reflect royal patronage or be seen as representing the honor and prestige that domes symbolized, rather than having any specific funerary meaning. The wide variety of dome forms in medieval Islam reflected dynastic, religious, and social differences as much as practical building considerations. Wikipedia

Extinction: The Alberta Legislature has no dome, featured here on a cartoon I created early in spring depicting the weekly climate strike and yellow vest protests in front of the Alberta Legislature. Painted from the vantage point of Herman Poulin's 10-foot tall bronze monument “Service through Christ” on the same day of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire April 15, 2019. 

The Holocene extinction, otherwise referred to as the sixth mass extinction or Anthropocene extinction, is an ongoing extinction event of species during the present Holocene epoch as a result of human activity. This large number of extinctions spans numerous families of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods. With widespread degradation of highly biodiverse habitats such as coral reefs and rainforests, as well as other areas, the vast majority of these extinctions are thought to be undocumented, as the species are undiscovered at the time of their extinction, or no one has yet discovered their extinction. The current rate of extinction of species is estimated at 100 to 1,000 times higher than natural background rates. The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services published by IPBES in 2019 posits that roughly one million species of plants and animals face extinction caused by anthropogenic impacts. Wikipedia Continued...  

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Trouble Maker, the coming storms

'Trouble maker, the coming storms' Started fall 2017, locations outside #NDP Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta Legislature office. Again winter 2019 during a protest between #yellowVests #Antifacist. Completed today outside #UCP Premier Jason Kenney's Alberta Legislature office. More Circles than Squares art project
Inspired from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project painting 'Fire, Rain, Circles, Squares' my preconceived impression of humans, land animals, sea animals and plant life after the 6th extinction becomes the next generation of fossil fuels. 
Circles, Squares, Chief-No-Tribe YouTube

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

"Up to snow good" -Unknown

Snow Angel HeARTS by Doug Brinkman
Philippians 2:13, NIV: "for it is God who works in you to will 
and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

"When life gives you too much snow… make snow angels." -Unknown

"Snowflakes are snow angels blowing kisses from heaven." -Unknown

3 Snow AngelheARTs

Monday, 29 July 2019

Sideways (No heART)
"Sideways" by Doug Brinkman Was inspired  Saturday morning July, 27 2019 while walking to the Alberta Legislature for a day of painting. Along the way I saw a red man (panhandler) yelling at almost everyone it seemed walking by in front of the 7-11 on Jasper avenue and 104th street. A black man toting a luggage bag came out of the 7-11 and the red man asked him for money. The black man declined so the red man began to yell at him too. The black man responded by gesturing to the red man with his middle finger and this agitated the red man to jump up and yell at the black man "GO BACK FROM WHERE YOU CAME FROM!" challenging the black man to fight. The black man fled having no interest in fighting while the red man kept yelling...

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Legislature has no dome 

As this painting was in the planning stages earlier in the week, news broke of an 800-year-old cathedral Notre-Dame in France suffered severe damage from fire.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Red woman, troublemaker - March, Climate Strike weekly rallies

Red woman, troublemaker

"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mother's womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." Chief No Tribe, 2016 Fire and Rain art project

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

3 Snow AngelheARTs

Sending you an #AngelheART, 
Thank you 艾未未 Ai Weiwei 
HongKongProtests #FreedomofExpression #FreeSpeech 
#FreePress #Nonviolence #Ableg #Alberta #Canada

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Photo from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project that was banned 3 times, twice by the Sergeant-at arms Brian Hodgsen and his Visitors Services Manager Al Chapman. I was first banned from painting on the Alberta Legislature grounds January 2016 by the facilities manager of the Alberta Infrastructure claiming concerns over liability issues. A total of 8 days of my picketing the Alberta Government defending my right to freely express art on the Alberta Legislature grounds resulted in a letter February 2016, of permission to paint and show my art on the grounds that later overruled Brian Hodgsen's 2 bans later in the year.  
The Forth ban: 2019: Art banned: Do you think this is an honourable place?' asked the Speaker's Sergeant-at-arms, after banning my t-shirt I was wearing that said "Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided" and my use of ASL American Sign Language inside the Alberta Legislature public gallery.  They claim a complaint was made by an employee of news media. 

2016 Fire and Rain art collection
Focused on Alberta wildfires and flooding

Wildfire - January 2016, next to Edmonton City Hall's ice rink

Three Trees by the Premiers Office - March 1, 2016
First Day Painting after art ban lifted 


Wood Buffalo Wildfire - Alberta Legislature Art Show and Tell
Gift to NDP MLA Anam Kazim, noon hour May 3, 2016

Fort McMurray - The Beast, 5 PM May 3, 2016

Fort McMurray Surreal - Doors, Jack Bush has anxiety attack

Photo: Honeymoon in Jasper National Park
Jasper Park, excelsior creek wildfire aftermath 

NBC Reporting on the Alberta's Wildfires - Oil-Sands Shutdown

The Great Escape - Fort McMurray Wildfire

Queen Elizabeth Park wildfire 6 weeks later
(Gift to Julie Franz)
El-Nino , La-Nina 2016
(Re-Painted Over)

North Saskatchewan River Rising - Edmonton Queen
(Re-Painted Over)

Fire and Rain Outdoor Old Strathcona Art Show and Tell

Six Painted White Roses I Gave to Friends and Foes
3 paintings of pink and red roses were added and given away

Alberta Legislature Art Show and Tell with 6 white rose

 #AbLeg Former Forestry and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier
Supported my first day picketing for freedom of expression 

Alberta Legislature Fire Hydrant
(Re-Painted Over)

Outdoor Alberta Legislature art show and tell

Fire and Rain - Circles and Squares

I am a man, on guard for thee
(Alberta Sheriffs) 

On Guard For Thee (Alberta Sheriffs) 

The Crumpling Umbrella
#Alberta #Wildfires #Flooding
2016 Fire and Rain Art Project - Blog