Art History & Theory

Theory, history and philosophy of Sacred Art from prehistory to the present.

Latest Addition posted April 6, 2021

Psychedelia & Visionary Art

Antar Mikosz PhD

This essay investigates the poetics of visionary art as a result of interactions between local cultures and non-ordinary states of consciousness. We seek, through brief examples, to draw a parallel between images produced in the past, images produced by Amazonian tribes, and the production of contemporary artists and to point out series of
meaningful coincidences between them.

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Remaking Cultural Sense – The Symbolist World of Peladan

Symbolism is a forerunner of contemporary visionary art. It prefigures the transformation from classical and traditional premodern forms into a more dynamic, idiosyncratic personal vision. It is with great pleasure that Era Of Visions can share this original interview with Sasha Chaitow, who generously shared her expertise. Sasha is a contemporary scholar of the Symbolist Movement, who has focussed her research on the enigmatic, influential figure known as Peladan.


Added on March 13, 2021

 

Psychedelic-Visionary Art: Possible Kitch Incursions?

This paper aims to make a brief reflection on kitsch and psychedelic-visionary artistic production. The words psychedelic-visionary here are being used together representing the same concept.


Added on January 30, 2021

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Out-takes from Interview with Genesis P.Orridge

From :https://tinyurl.com/xseb367sThis out-take from the interview is of note as it infers the strong cultural connections between Symbolism, Max Ernst, Collage, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, the ‘Beat Generation’, post modernity, industrial music and transhumanism.


Added on January 29, 2021

 

Peresvet, Oslyabya, Divine Gloom

The key to understanding the symbolism of the painting’s composition is found in the interpretations of the “Mystical Theology” of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. As you maybe aware, the most Luminous Darkness, of the Divine Gloom is a theological term from the Orthodox Apophatic theology, which is based on the” negative” way of perception on it’s way of the search for the Ultimate truth through the denial of everything that which is not It.


Added on January 23, 2021

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Gustave Moreau’s “Archeological Allegory”

Against the supposed claims of such work to historical authenticity, Moreau formulated a principle of “archeological allegory,” which entailed the use of archeological source material in highly eccentric, deliberately anachronistic ways in his compositions.


Added on December 7, 2020

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H. R. Giger and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth Century

A penetrating and groundbreaking analysis of the biomechanical, transhuman, mystical and perinatal imagery in the artistic oeuvre of Han Rudi Giger.


Added on November 21, 2020

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Mundus Imaginalis, or the Imaginary and the Imaginal

A seminal text introducing the terms Imaginal and Mundus Imaginalis, and their distinction from the merely imaginary or utopian.


Added on November 12, 2020

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To See a World: Art and the I of the Beholder

Like huge successive waves crashing ashore, worldviews succeed one another, and the avant-garde, at its best, were the great surfers of these waves. And now that the postmodem wave is washing on the shore of its own demise, what new waves are forthcoming? What new worldviews surge from the ocean of the soul to announce a new perception?


Added on October 31, 2020

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On Visionary Art

The Visionary lineage predates religion, and has informed sacred art across the millennia. The Visionary artist is the eternal poet – ‘ein verschollener Stil’ is the grammar through which they speak. The lineage from these founding fathers is subtle but true. From the shaman’s etchings, this artistic spirit continues into the carvings of the ancients.


Added on October 19, 2020

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