Description In Plato's work, 'The Republic', the myth of the cave is used to illustrate 'our nature in its education and want of education'. The allegory was written by Plato as a fictional dialogue between his teacher Socrates and his brother, Glaucon. In it, Plato creates a group of people who have lived chained in a cave their entire lives facing a blank wall. By things passing in front of a fire behind them, the people watch shadows projected on the wall , and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. Plato then suggests how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and then comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not what makes up reality. According to Plato, those that leave the confines of the cave can perceive reality and see past the mere shadows of passing images.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.