Richard Hubal, St. Paul Park, Minnesota Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement Leonard Shlain proposes that the visionary artist is the first member of a culture to see the world in a new way. Then, nearly simultaneously, a revolutionary physicist discovers a new way to think about the world. Escorting the reader through the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, Shlain shows how the artists' images when superimposed on the physicists' concepts create a compelling fit.
Ether:the rarefied element formerly believed to fill the upper regions of space
Time:the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues
Deminsion: measure in one direction ; specifically : one of three coordinates determining a position in space or four coordinates determining a position in space and time
Astral projection (or astral travel) refers to episodes of out-of-body experiences perceived as unfolding in environments other than the physical world, by an astral counterpart of the physical body that separates from it and travels to one or more astral plane.
Einstein argued that light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second in all directions at all times and for all observers -- even if one observer is moving relative to another observer. That the speed of light does not vary defied the fundamental laws of physics passed down from Galileo and Newton. This and other assertions in the special theory of relativity completely changed the way scientists thought of time and space.
Proverbs 7:2 says, “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.” Today’s meaning of the phrase “apple of your eye” is precious or favorite. In the original language it literally means “deepest blackness” and refers to the pupil of your eye. The center of the eye, the pupil, considered to be the most important part of the eye, and the center of eyesight.
Art and Religion
Art and Religion
Art and religion have gone hand-in-hand for thousands of years. Almost every religious sect makes use of it. It glorifies, protests, idealizes, and tells the stories of religion. During some periods of out history art existed for the sake of religion. Artists of our time are generally free to create and comment on whatever they choose. People, colors, nature, dreams or shopping carts might be just as interesting to an artist as the appearance of a crucifixion or an Indian fertility god. Religion dominated art--it commissioned it and used it as propaganda. Religion or its ideas were presented in paintings, drawings, sculpture, architecture-- you name it. Religion and art share common features: their origins are uncertain, and it is hard to define exactly their criteria. So much of religion and so much of art belong to the participants--the worshippers, collectors, patrons, and those whom religion and art have left confused.
It seems that nearly all early art has its roots in religion. The Christians used it. The Taoists used it. The Buddhists, the Hindu, the Muslims, the Jewish-- all used decoration, painting, sculpture, or architecture to express their beliefs in a higher place or power. Art was a way of rearranging the mundane to make it seem celestial. Art applied human creativity and ability to the ordinary to make it extraordinary. It pointed to another place, where everything was ready-made perfect. Art was a reminder of good, evil, life and death.
Can art and religion ever truly be separate? Can one exist without another? Can we truly produce a piece that depicts anything of this world without showing our belief or disbelief in the process? So much of art's history was dominated by religion, it is hard to imagine art ever functioning without it. That question will only be answered through the passage of time. (Erwin O. Christensen Primitive Art New York: 1955)
Did art begin as a religious practice? Were ancient artists offering their talents and works when they painted the cave walls at Lascaux, France? One hundred thousand year