13th Aug 2010
Post Conceptual Art at the Intersection of Cutting Edge Science and Ancient Wisdom
13th Aug 2010
The new twenty-first century art theory of Post Conceptual Art, including the branch called UnGraven Image makes a revolutionary leap in visual story telling by its use of symbols as strokes. This is the first art theory to ever actually focus upon the stroke.
From the beginning of time great art has been used to tell stories. The ability of art to tell visual stories is powerful. Usually and often found in great art, the story involves symbols, which add depths of meaning.
Great art such as works by van Gogh, Rembrandt, Poussin, Monet and Dali, etc., usually tells a visual story. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel , Picasso’s Guernica , Da Vinci’s and Warhol’s versions of The Last Supper , all tell stories and include symbols to convey additional visual messages.
Art began as symbolic representation in order to tell the stories and myths of the tribe and its beliefs. For instance, an ancient mask or cave painting of an animal is more likely to symbolize a god or spirit represented by an animal than represent a portrait of a specific animal that was seen or hunted.
Written language developed from symbolic representations. From the earliest writings found to current Chinese, symbols are used to represent ideas, which are then combined to form complex ideas and sentences. A giant leap occurred when symbols were used to represent sounds in speech giving birth to phonetic writing. Letters and numbers are always symbols.
Recent archeological discoveries point to Hebrew as the earliest may be phonetic written languages, but it lacked the symbols for vowels that were famously added by the Phoenicians. Two Hebrew letters of Torah font (the font used for Hebrew Bibles and prayer books by Jews and Christians) can be combined and/or repeated to form any and all of this font’s letters. These basic letters are the yud, which looks much like a comma (‘); and the vav resembles a spear standing upright like a number 1 that lacks the bottom perpendicular base. Each of these letters can be painted, drawn or formed with one stroke. This means Torah font is binary.
Genesis Aleph 2009
UnGraven Image art gets is strokes from original Bible texts. These strokes are used just as traditional artists use strokes. Strokes interweave, are overlapped, and used in layers and as glazes over other strokes. It is impossible to read the tests that comprise an artwork, just as we cannot see the atoms and particles that are the basis for the physical reality that surrounds us.
In Post Conceptual Art, the conceptual understanding of the strokes provides the foundational meaning of a work. This new art is a step away from pure Conceptualism or Word Art back to more traditional art thanks to its use of imagery. Yet the symbols, the concept of the texts used are the basis of each artwork.
|Due to its strokes, UnGraven Image Art can be understood as a radical new form of religious art. This upends previous methods of categorizing secular and religious art based upon the imagery of the work. Most of the paintings, drawings and original prints (and planned sculptures) offer secular narratives that are landscapes, portraits or still-lifes, not religious or mythological scenes. So, this artwork can also be classified as secular based on the imagery.
The stories that are told by Post Conceptual and UnGraven Image Art are intrinsic in their strokes. For instance, in the Genesis Sunset-Sunrise series the basic strokes used for each artwork come from Genesis 1:2-7; and, within the Essence Portrait series are portraits of USA presidents that use Exodus 20 (The Ten Commandments) for the strokes referring the executive office’s relationship to laws.
As twenty-first century art, Post Conceptual Art, including the branch called UnGraven Image tell stories that are ancient yet visually cutting edge. This art echoes the most famous scientific concerns of our time, such as the search for the smallest particle that is the building block of the physical universe: the Higgs boson or “God particle” at Cern; or the harnessing of energy waves, such as light and wind, for power.
Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory and its branch known as UnGraven Image portray a radical and innovative new intrinsic, yet hidden, story that could only be told by art of the twenty-first century.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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