Florence University of the Arts – The American University of Florence (FUA-AUF) will open online, on ganzoflorence.it, the Fine Arts final Spring 2020 Semester student exhibit Eros and Logos: Between Reason and Pleasure. The exhibit will inaugurate on Wednesday May 13, 2020.
Eros and logos are concepts created by Carl Jung’s writings on analytical psychology.
The terms originated from classical Greek mythology – Eros is defined as impulses and desires that circle around love. Logos is defined as “a universal divine reason, immanent in nature, yet transcending all oppositions and imperfections in humanity.” Jung considers logos to be a masculine principle and eros a feminine principle, they are each other’s counterpart. This exhibit demonstrates this difference between the hard and the soft, or the differences between reason and pleasure.
Brooke Blanchette, an artist in the upcoming exhibition, describes the relation in eros/logos to her submission as “The contrast between the light and dark that allows the person to be the main focus of the composition. Emphasizing the facial expression, the composition displays a cheerful woman who has blocked out all the negativity in order to find herself. The use of black and white also represents the ego, which is part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious while also being responsible for testing reality and a sense of personal identity.”
The artworks represent watercolor, portraits made through fine arts and graphic techniques, drawings, paintings, and mixed media. The medias utilized highlight the many talents of the students of Watercolor and Tempera/Gouache Techniques, Art Therapy, Foundation Painting, Advanced Painting, Words Painting and Emotions, Intermediate Drawing, and Introduction to Mixed Media courses of the Spring 2020 academic season.