Pronounced "Gatherer", but, hey, it's the 21st century and we are reinventing language and culture as evidenced by these snippets of cultural story telling from here and there on the web. I am Tony Johansen, slightly mad artist with Asperger's syndrome and Romani Gypsy background.
Annensky is regarded as one of Russia’s greatest poets whose translations were works of art as well. His interpretations of Baudelaire and Rimbaud brought new ideas to Russian poetry in the early years of the 20th century. Sadly he produced little work because he had to work and was unable to write many poems and he only published near the end of his life. His heart was weak and he petitioned to be released from his work. The day this was granted he died of a heart attack while going home. He never heard the words of praise that would be heaped on his grave a year later when his last book of poetry The Cyprus Chest was published and there was a clamor for more by this genius. Plays and his translations of Euripides followed into print in the next few years and his reputation was cemented.
Tell me what’s happening to me?
Why is my heart beating so fervently?
why has this madness, like a wave,
Broken through the rock of habit?
Is it my strength or just my torment
I’m too disturbed to tell:
From the shimmering lines of life
I extract a forgotten phrase…
Is it a thief who turns his lantern
Upon the crowd of dreary letters?
I can’t help reading the phrase,
But haven’t the strength to go back…
It really had to flare up,
But it only harries the darkness;
All night, like a gas-flame butterfly
It trembles, but cannot escape…
- Inokentii Federovich Annensky
Alan Bean went to the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission. He was the only astronaut to go there who made drawings and later made paintings from them. He saw his life mission as being to convey the sense of what he experienced there for future generations. he wanted to leave a personal record as one of the few who were first to go to the moon. He retired from NASA to become a full time painter in 1981. This is his story as an artist.
Alan Bean, space Artist, Apollo XII astronaut and Skylab II commander. Born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas, in 1950 Alan Bean was selected for an NROTC Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. After earning a BS degree in Engineering, he was commissioned Ensign in the US Navy in 1955. Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics as well as numerous national and international honors, Alan Bean has had one of the most distinguished peace-time careers. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy. As the lunar module pilot in 1969 on Apollo XII, he became the fourth of only twelve men to ever walk on the moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record of 24,400,000 miles in the 59-day flight.
When not flying, Bean always enjoyed painting as a hobby. Beginning with night classes at St. Mary’s college in Maryland in 1962, Alan experimented with landscapes. All during training and between missions as a test pilot and astronaut, he continued private art lessons. Even on trips in space, his artist’s eye and talent enabled him to carry away impressions of the moon and space to later be recorded on canvas.
Bean realized that most of those who actively participated in the incredible adventure of the moon missions would be gone in thirty or forty years. He knew that if any credible artistic impressions were to remain for future generations, he must paint them now. Since 1981, when he resigned his position as Chief of Astronaut Training with NASA, he has devoted himself full time to painting our new frontier.