Ithaca in Your Mind
Painting by Urban DK, spray paint on canvas, 200 x 96cm – 2004.
Ithaka i dit sind
The painting was displayed, as one out of three, on the exhibition, "Imagination let loose - Strange worlds from Ithaka to Hogwarts", at Koldinghus from 21th August 2004 to 9th January 2005. Today, the painting is privately owned.

With kind permissions from Koldinghus and Brøndums Publishing Group, I here bring the catalogue text from the exhibition and the poem Ithaca by Konstantinos P. Kavafis:

From Greece to Graffiti!
Urban DK: Ithaca In Your Mind, spray paint on canvas, 200 x 96cm - 2004. Owned by the artist. Photo: Ole Haupt.

Urban DK was born in 1970 and is known as on of the best Danish graffiti artists. Three of his new paintings are inspired by Fantasies at Stake theme and are being displayed at the exhibit.
Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) is considered one of the best poets of modern Greece - a noble re-interpreter of human condition founded in roots of Western cultures. The poem Ithaca, inspired by Homer's Odyssey, are reproduced here and has inspired Urban DK to create Ithaca In Your Mind.

As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensation
touches your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind -
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would have not set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.

Konstantinos P. Kavafis, 1911

From the exhibition catalogue

Senest opdateret 25-10-2010 09:49 af ABJ