Humanity has always attempted to portray its essence through the mechanism of art. From our earliest history on the walls of caves, sand paintings, sun calendars, and stone carvings, we begin to communicate a divine presence.
As time goes by changes affect the world and its inhabitants, which in turn impacts the creation of art. Anthropological, sociological, scientific, psychological, and philosophical discoveries influence artists and the art movements they create. So as artists evolve, as their consciousness is raised, expanded, and deepened, their ability to understand and experience the essence is increased, and their portrayal of that essence is advanced and improved. As a result, by observing histories succeeding art movements we can follow and observe the artist’s internal journey through the psyche to the divine.
This Visionary Art Show (VAS) focuses on the art of painting; it represents the Visionary Art from the last half of the twentieth century, from the formation of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism in 1946, to the psychedelic school of the 1960’s and 1970’s, to the digital present. However, it is important to trace the thread of visionary art as it weaves its way throughout the history of painting, in order to better understand and appreciate these more recent schools.
Pre impressionist art dealt mostly with depicting the conscious perception of the physical, controlled by the convention of the super-ego. Then the invention of photography caused the artist to portray a deeper reality and Impressionism moves the focus to the emotional, this marks the first step on the artist internal journey within the psyche to its essence. The Symbolist movement attempted to move in a more mystical direction while Van Gogh had long since captured the charged etheric energy with chromatic tension and expressive force. By the end of the 19th century the visionary art of Gustave Moreau would pioneer the transcendence that would take the first step from the conscious to the subconscious. The Expressionists who wrestled with the violent release of the id would further explore this. Cubism took the next step to the intellectual by reducing objects to their most elementary forms, followed by Italian Futurism, which set the Cubist fundamental depictions into motion. The Blue Rider movement accentuated the spiritual by exploring Oriental cultures, fables, mythology, and folklore. Abstract art dissolves into the depths of the ego in order to depict a primary state of consciousness until Surrealism finally breaks through to the unconscious, and leads to the mystical with the formation of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
The history of Visionary Art’s latest incarnation begins with the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism founded in post war Austria by a group of young artists. These artists attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts where they studied with Albert Paris Gutersloh, whose mentor Albert Conrad Kiehtreiber studied with Gustav Klimt. The artists included, Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter, Anton Lehmden, Arik Brauer. Friedesreich Hundertwasser, Mati Klarwein, H.R. Giger, and Dieter Schwertberger, later joined them. This school embraced the “Old Masters” technique, sometimes referred to as the Mische technique, which can be traced back to Albrecht Durer.
Isaac Abrams, Angelo Miranda, Linda Gardner, Carol Herzer, Olga Spiegel, Brigid Marlin, Philip Jacobson, L. Caruna, Erik Heyncik, Martina Hoffman and Robert Venosa among others have studied and apprenticed under Ernst Fuchs as well as other founders of the Vienna school. This cultural exchange was an important event in the evolution of Visionary Art.
Artists depicting their mystical experiences create Visionary Art. Mystical in this context is defined as unity with the Divine. The artist’s motivation, above and beyond this portrayal, is to produce a spiritual awakening in the observer. This is art that springs forth when the portal to the spiritual and the divine is opened.
By producing and displaying an exhibit of this depth, we transcend an art show and go beyond a cultural phenomenon to create a spiritual event. This event, occurring in an art museum, contributes to raising the consciousness of its community.
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INTRODUCTION TO VISIONARY ART