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The Meeting of Art & Science

Aloria Weaver & David Heskin
Presentation from the 2nd Annual Electric Universe Conference: The Tipping Point
Albuquerque, NM – January, 2013

May 2013 is Visionary Art & Culture Month

This is an opportunity and call to action for the exhibition of ideas, visions and leaders who are ahead of their time.  Numerous gallery exhibitions and cultural happenings are being scheduled in Colorado during the month of May.  Visionary Art and Culture month is being initiated and promoted by CAVA: Colorado Alliance of Visionary Artists.

While widely discussed and debated, the concepts of “Visionary Art” and “Visionary Culture” remain somewhat open to interpretation.

In the context of the upcoming Boulder events series Art Spirit Now, the terms are generally accepted to describe art and ideas that impel the advancement of humanity toward a full-scale cultural renaissance.  Presentations by cultural evolutionaries, international and local artists will highlight the main events, along with a gallery exhibition and live art.

The newly formed Vienna Academy of Visionary Art will be presented for the first time in the U.S. by founder, Laurence Caruana (France) and 5 Colorado artists that are also members of the academy.  This international bridge is being built  throughout the month, culminating on the last weekend of May in Boulder.

Another CAVA art event scheduled in May:
Saturday, May 11th

Trace Gallery, Denver Art Walk
Emerging Light – Colorado & International Artists
Follow this link for more information on the Boulder events on May 23rd & 25th.

The Visionary Art of Laurence Caruana

On January 8th, 2012, the Salon de Beauvais, in the well-known wine region of Burgundy, France was gifted with the unveiling of a collection of masterworks by Maltese-Canadian artist, Laurence Caruana.  Each painting in the retrospective exhibition was designed and conceived to allow one the opportunity to “enter through the image”.

The centerpiece of this epic life’s work was a new oeuvre that wholly embodied the artist’s visionary ideals of a perfected vision of the sacred.  ‘Vishnu-Christ Avatar’ offers innumerable examples to experience a profound inner understanding which connects far distant religious traditions.

Belying the separation of the Byzantine and Hindu icons and motifs, this piece reveals that the similarities and archetypal origins of each are united as one.  The size and shape of each minute section of detail in the piece has its origin in a basic elemental armature of an overlaid circle, square and triangle.  The resulting form creates a recursive hidden skeleton which harmonizes the multitude of images into a chorus of angelic voices.

Interspersed among the masterworks in misch technique and other media, were displayed several drawings that could only be compared to the now-famous journals of renaissance master, Leonardo DaVinci.  These studies, complete pieces unto themselves, are comprised of small sketches, drawings and hand-written explorations of the hidden meanings and oneiric origins of the symbol-rich artwork.  These graphic elucidations were warmly received invitations into the depths of the artist’s inner vision.

In his introductory oration at the vernissage, Caruana made the assertion that these paintings and other sacred artworks were not merely concerned with the creation process, nor the finished product as a commodity.  As one becomes still in their presence, each piece serves as an iconic focus for meditation.  With a meditative awareness, one may become transformed and illuminated by the images of the divine, witnessing deeper dimensions of the spiritual nature of human existence.

In celebration of the visionary lineage of past, present and future, Caruana delivered a moving presentation of the depth of heart which epitomizes the visionary art movement.  During the lecture, the audience sat with rapt attention and there was a palpable sense of awe in the crowded room as worlds were bridged and the modern global visionary art movement was eloquently introduced to the old world.  After a lengthy ovation, attendees were offered the opportunity to satiate their own inquiries about the implications of such an art tradition.  As they posed questions to Caruana at the edge of their own cosmic understanding, it was distinctly clear that new minds and audiences were indeed opening through the mystical worlds represented in the art.

As a true polymath, Caruana’s erudition finds expression through multiple forms.  His mastery of the image language is eclipsed only  by his numerous published works as an author, including the indispensable ‘First Manifesto of Visionary Art’.  As the visionary art world awaits his subsequent volume of the Manifesto, his other books, the scholarly ‘Enter Through the Image’  and ‘The Hidden Passion’ (a novel of the Gnostic Christ based on the Nag Hammadi texts), open deep glimpses into the very nature of the visionary experience.

As the mythic work of Laurence Caruana continues to shine forth, may it illuminate all who encounter it’s sacred presence.

Written by David Heskin & Aloria Weaver

Click here to view the video of the vernissage, and L. Caruana’s introductory speech.

Deepening the Experience : Eric Nez

The mystical, transformational yoga and multidimensional nature paintings of Eric Nez are fit for a temple, and for the month of November, 7 years of Eric’s masterworks are on royal display at the Tribe 13 Gallery in Ukiah, California.
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The Irresistible Stream of Time : Vienna

The Irresistible Stream of Time
A New Wave of Visionary Art
Galerie 10
Vienna, Austria

September 9, 2010

In a city built upon generations of history, it is no surprise that the cresting wave of visionary art finds itself following in the wake of the Fantastic Realist lineage in Vienna.  The recent opening and ongoing international exhibition filled the walls of the historic Galerie 10 with dazzling visions of otherworldly beauty, drawing a capacity crowd on opening night.  Attendees included many legendary artists from previous generations who set the foundations for this new light to pour through, opening long-awaited dialogues and bridging the gap between established and emerging artists. Read More…

Mischtechnique : A Living Lineage in Paint

The Visions in Mischteknik painting seminar at Torri Superiore, a medieval labyrinth turned ecovillage in the Ligurian foot-Alps of the Italian Riviera, hosted three weeks of study with three masterful teachers of the new sacred art movement, Laurence Caruana, Amanda Sage and A. Andrew Gonzalez.

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CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture

CoSM Journal provides a forum for the emergence of visionary culture and shares with its readers the work and stories of artists, thinkers and community builders who are dedicated to transformative living, and committed to the integration of wisdom and the arts.  It is offered to inform, connect and inspire this evolving global awareness.

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2009 Art Spirit Now

(originally written for by Delvin Solkinson)

Art is Spirit.

As hundreds gathered for the recent Art Spirit Now event in Portland (May 22nd 2009), it was evident that the Spirit of the Art was calling everyone together with a fresh energy of excitement and passionate anticipation. Here a fresh dream was being forged, one that seemed to usher in a new era for art, culture and community. People flocked from all corners of west Coast to answer the call of Spirit in Action, coming together to celebrate the Northwest Coast visionary renaissance.

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Art Spirit Now : Exhibition Catalogue

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The Renaissance is Now

"Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes."
Kahlil Gibran

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