Inside Outside
, e.j. gold, 1987

You are here because you have found the art displayed on these web pages interesting. It certainly attracts the attention. A type of art not seen every day. One of the qualities of this art is the creation of a certain emotional mood in the viewer. Here, we approach the idea of what has been called "objective art".

According to the Caucasian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff, objective art was a kind of creation that would evoke the same reaction in all who participated in it, whether it be painting, sculpture, music, theatre, stories, etc. That is to say, objective art causes the disappearance of "Type". In the artist him/herself, the method used to create this form of art usually causes the disappearance of "self-will" in the artist, and in its place, the artist aligns his or her will with a higher force.

The art on display in these web pages comes from a new School of art. At the moment this School occupies a place in the vanguard of the planetary artistic process. This School of art is called "The School of Reductionism".

A new School of art is always based on a thesis. That is, an idea which enters naturally into the weave and the warp of every work of art that comes out of the School. Every work of art that the School produces will be a demonstration and application of this thesis. In fact, at the end of the day, ultimately in all and everything, the School itself IS the thesis. Let's attempt an examination of what this School of art is trying to accomplish.

What seems evident in the pieces of art that I have seen from this School, is the use of the abstract, which obliges the Being, the Essential Self, to use its special attention in order to be able to look at this object of art. The machine always looks for significance through form, it looks for patterns and designs which are easily recognizable, so that it will feel more comfortable. Actually, the machine flees from the abstract. It loves the known, routinish, recognizable world. The abstract is a very high level of aesthetic; the Essential Self loves the abstract. So we have the result of the weakening of the machine and the feeding of the Essential Self.

        The Prince, Tom X, 1987

Arriving at the "abstract" is the point where the machine rejects and the Essential Self accepts. In a certain way, this reflects the eternal struggle between Real I and the machine; the Being trying to reduce everything to pure, undifferentiated light, while the machine sees in this its own death and struggles against this happening. In the Eastern tradition, the state of viewing everything as pure undifferentiated light, is called Samadhi.

This programming, this deep conditioning, this form of imposing the recognizable on everything that we see, is the machine's technique for fleeing from that light. To name and identify things is what our machines do in order to have objects, things and even beings in their power. To name something is to turn it into the known; something which we needn't concern ourselves about. But, in reality, the only thing we accomplish through this method of existence is to cover up and hide our ignorance and lack of understanding. 

Fear of the abstract is the same exact fear that the machine has of the waking state. For the machine, the waking state is death. Fear of the abstract is the fear of death. The Essential Self is happy with the abstract. That is to say, the abstract IS the waking state. And the waking state is the reality in the abstract. The idea, then, is to look for the abstract and overcome the desire for the recognizable form. A state of true sensing.

In short, some interesting ideas contained in the thesis of this School of art.

If you wish to see this School of art in more detail, you can follow this link, here to the website.