phallic / theme
To the highly suggestible mind, phallic is virtually anything with a column or shaft. And yet the phallic suggests more than a figure or shape; it suggests power (thanks partially to French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan). The phallic is the power of the direct, the pointed, that which comes confidently to a head. It is the power of the baton, the baseball bat, the rowing oar, the heavy stick: blunt, direct, possibly brutally so.
Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.