muse IV, collage, ink, pencil, digital 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Esotericism or Esoterism is a term with two basic meanings. In the dictionary sense of the term, it signifies the holding of esoteric opinions, and derives from the Greek ἐσωτερικός(esôterikos), a compound of ἔσω (esô): "within", thus "pertaining to the more inward", mystic. Its antonym is exoteric. In the scholarly literature, the term designates a series of historically related religious currents including Gnosticism, Hermetism, magic, astrology, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, the Christian Theosophy of Jacob Böhme and his followers, Illuminism,Mesmerism, Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, the theosophical currents associated with Helena Blavatsky and her followers. There are competing views regarding the common traits uniting these currents, not all of which involve "inwardness", mystery or secrecy as a crucial trait.
Esoteric knowledge, in the dictionary (non-scholarly) sense, is thus that which is available only to a narrow circle of "enlightened", "initiated", or specially educated people. Esoteric items may be known as esoterica. In contrast, exoteric knowledge is knowledge that is well-known or public; or perceived as informally canonic in society at large.
Finally, it can be noted that esotericism, beside its scholarly and dictionary definitions, can be used in a loose, popular sense: not in order to denote e.g. mystical knowledge or practice, but rather informally to mean any perception or knowledge that is for the advanced individual such as theoretical physics, or that pertains to the minutiae of a particular discipline, such as "esoteric" baseball statistics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esoterica
Friday, July 24, 2009
Buddhism is rooted in three fundamental truths of the universe, the dharma seals, viz.:
1. Everything is in a constant state of change, nothing is permanent. (anicca)
3. That everything is devoid of a "self." (anatta)
Thus, there can be no "perfect State"; from this Buddhist anarchists infer that it is only possible to try to approach an ideal community for all. Any man-made institution is impermanent as well as imperfect, as people and the world change constantly. Further, no material wealth or political power will grant people permanent happiness— unenlightened satisfaction is an illusion that only perpetuates samsara. Individual liberty, while a worthy goal for anarchists, is nevertheless incomplete, to the extent that it precludes our common humanity, since there is, ultimately, no "self" that is inherently distinct from the rest of the universe.
That being said, the aim of a bodhisattva is to try to minimize the amount of suffering that goes on during the lives of conscious beings. The socialist anarchist argues that both the state and capitalism generate oppression and, therefore, suffering. The former, the state, is an institution that frames the desire for power, and the latter, capitalism, the desire for material wealth. Trying to control other human beings, in the view of Buddhist anarchists, will only cause them to suffer, and ultimately causes suffering for those who try to control. Trying to hold on to and accumulate material wealth, likewise, increases suffering for the capitalist and those they do business with.
Compassion, for a Buddhist, springs from a fundamental selflessness. Compassion for humanity as a whole is what inspires the Buddhist towards activism; however, most, if not all, political groups tend to go against the Eightfold Path that steers Buddhist thought and action. Thus, anarchism, lacking a rigid ideological structure and dogmas, is seen as easily applicable for Buddhists.
Those who have seen the conjunction of anarchism and Buddhism (in various ways) arguably include Uchiyama Gudo, Edward Carpenter, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Lala Hardayal, Liu Shipei, John Cage, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Gary Snyder, Jackson MacLow, Peter Lamborn Wilson, John Moore, Kerry Wendell Thornley, Max Cafard, William Batchelder Greene, as well as the pro-Situationist Ken Knabb and others. The anarchist thinker Peter Kropotkin saw primitive Buddhist communities as embodying the principle of mutual aid, and Matthew Turner noted that some Buddhist priests were involved in the anarchist movement in Japan in the early part of the 20th century.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Ave Lucifer, We are all Holy
Not just the Priest, the Pastor and
Ave Lucifer, Everything is Sacred
Not just the Religion
Ave Lucifer, Your time is spent
Your Illusion is coming to an End
Your jewels are worthless
But a high price we’ll pay none the less.
Ave Lucifer, Alas it has come to an end
Your materialistic Empire
Is not sustainable
There are many wrongs in the world today, innumerable. One sometimes has no idea where to start. The only place it seems is with our selves. That is the only logical step for us to take.
If you think about it a lot of our world’s problems spring forth from an incorrect understanding, incorrect behavior, and an incorrect attitude towards life. Nobody can change your views on life, nobody can force someone to see things differently, it is not possible. You can only change your own views on life and open your own mind to different opinions and possibilities. I can only change my own life. That is where our true power resides.
Ave Lucifer is in reference to incorrect belief systems or forms of government that suppress or oppress basic individual freedoms. It doesn’t even have to be on a larger scale, that form of denial of human rights can take place in the workplace or in a relationship between family, friends or lovers. It can be interpreted in various scenarios. The point is the individual has the power to change or to affect that negative situation by speaking out, taking action.
Process of creation and destruction
The key to the ‘assemblages’ lies in the process and not in the final product. The process that I go through, by taking older works, cutting it up and reordering it to form a new composition is where the artwork takes place, constantly recomposing and reordering. The process is in that way symbolic. The idea of not being attached or holding on to the things in the past, but using those experiences or “products” for a base to start from and to learn from. Recycling and not just discarding. The feeling that I get by generating the new work, the over all idea that comes forth during the process then stimulates the title. So I don’t start with an idea, but with old ones that I have discarded, then I go through a process of chaos/destruction, and rebuilding to form a new order. Holding on to what worked and letting go of what didn’t. That is a correction/change that we go through either subconsciously or consciously everyday. It is a process of evolution.
This work is more ritualistic/symbolic than ideological. The process of stitching would also represent a healing process, a stitching up of open wounds. The figure O also has symbolic and esoteric value and representing the whole, or eternity, the circle of life, beginning and end being a continuous process where every end is a beginning and every beginning an end.
The reason for the title is that the finished product has zero meaning, it is the process that carries meaning. That is where the adjustment/equalizing/correcting process takes place.
Essentially my work is about the process of creation and destruction. Energy can never be completely destroyed, and every action has a residual effect. In time every action or energy takes another form.
A NEW ANALOGY
a new world order
It has been quite a journey, that my art has taken me on, introspectively (and I say this at the risk of sounding like a cliché, I know)
I started out with painting in the traditional sense, but now I’ve found that I assemble/stitch more than doing using actual paint brushes.
I am not interested in creating an illusion, I am interested in the true nature of things. One of those things being the law of change. We constantly go through a process of change and suffer accordingly if we try to hold on to things unduly.
An artwork should be a meditative object that offers us a glimpse of the reality of the universe. It should exist in two worlds, in the material and the spiritual world. It should transcend matter, transcend the mundane.
A NEW AESTHETIC_a new ugly
I work intuitively, but after a while, I guess, there’s a border line difference between intuition and instinct.
I try to make works that I want to make. I see the imperfections in the world not as faults, beauty can be found in imperfections.
Essentially we live in Chaos and have convinced ourselves that there is structure and stability. Change is inevitable and the only stability to be found is to accept it.