The basic theology that Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is founded upon is absolutely held by all branches and denominations of Christians and Jews. Since Christianity is born from Judaism and Jesus and all of his disciples were Jewish, the two religions agree and share certain core theology.
Recently I was asked on Twitter by a Catholic friend, Christine Ryan, if I had any Christian art. My reply was that all of my UnGraven Image Art is Christian since it is based on Christian theology!
My art may also be classified as Jewish as it is also based on Jewish theology.
That theology is that the Creator speaks the physical universe into existence, beginning in Genesis 1:7 with, “Let there be light.”
The theology also holds that the letters of the words spoken by the Creator are the essences, the very basic stuff of the physical universe. Thus, theologically the letters of those words can be understood as the smallest waves and pre-particles of science.
I use biblical letters as strokes to symbolically represent the basic essences that elementary physics calls “strings” makes my work both religious and scientific, or secular art.
The amazing discovery about the special font, known as torah font, the Bible’s original font and the one that Jesus and his disciples were familiar with, is actually the only font in the world that is alpha-numeric, phonic and binary came later. These qualities not only add to the perfect seeming symbolism and fit between what science tells us of the strings and theologians know about the letters. When one studies both, it seems as if the two groups are simply using different terminology to describe similar phenomena.
Plus, Torah font has twenty-two basic letters and thus also incredibly references the eleven strings in our universe while the opposites exist in alternate universe(s).
Applying my artistic understanding and the correlations between the strings and contemporary science gives new meaning to teachings in both the Hebrew and Christian testaments.
For instance when Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is at hand”, it can be considered that He quite literally meant what He said. The Kingdom of God —the Words of the Lord – are actually right at hand in the here and now, wherever we each are at any moment. As the essentially essences – the building blocks of our physical universe—they must be for matter and energy to exist!
Until Post Conceptual Art theory, all of art was classified based upon its narrative, which means imagery. For instance a painting of the Last Supper is considered Christian while a painting of a Passover Seder is considered Jewish. Works of art that depict the people, places or things held sacred to a religion are considered religious, especially if it seems that was the artist’s intent, while works that do not are considered secular. For example a portrait of a mother and child is secular but one of Mary and the infant Jesus is religious or Miriam on the infant Moses is religious.
The Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art (Click HERE for the manifesto a an eBook) is the first art theory to focus on the stroke, which is the one element that must exist in any work of art in any discipline. In Post Conceptual Art the stroke is a symbol. In the branch known as UnGraven Image art the symbol is a Torah font letter from original Bible texts.
This new emphasis on the stroke as a symbol, plus using the symbols from Bible texts radically changes what would have been previously understood as secular imagery, con- religious portraits, landscapes, still lifes, flora and fauna, etc., into religious and simultaneously secular paintings.
My friend tweeted asking if I would paint a crucifixion with the words of the Pentateuch as strokes? I responded that there really is a prohibition in the Ten Commandants against painting an image of God, which was adhered to in the Early Church. Historically that was changed by a pope in order to help teach the Christian stories to a very illiterate populace in the Middle Ages.
My job as an artist is not to paint the past but the present, the now with The Divine at hand. Christians understand this as the risen and living “Word”. Jews refer to this as HaShem, the “Name”. Notice how close in meaning the nouns the Word and the Name are? A name is a word and a word is a name for someone or something. Notice also how both refer to a combination of letters that are capable of being spoken or written?
My art can be classified as secular It can be classified as science-based. It can be classified as religious and understood to convey important concepts of duality shared by most of the world’s religions, including Christianity and Judaism, due to the binary symbol strokes. And my art can be classified as being also and always fully Jewish or fully Christian due to the symbol strokes that are the letters of Bible texts that depict the basic theology that begins with, “Let there be light.”
Thanks to Christine Ryan for asking the question that inspired this blog! You can follow her on Twitter at @DuffyLifeCoach.
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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 at ungravenimage.com.
Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and cutting-edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science-based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing that is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Can this be true? See for yourself.
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