Hilma af Klint

I have decided to retire the Hilma af Klint page for a while for various reasons until I can adequately access the works and make sure the images are in the public domain. Until then here is a link to the Google search for her work: Hilma af Klint.

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Free Columbia Yearly Fundraising

I got the following message from Free Columbia this morning:

ooooooo!!! only 48 hrs.

Posted by Free Columbia (Creator)

We can do this. $3344 in 2 days is DEFINITELY doable. But, unfortunately, we don’t have any angel donors hiding up in the belfry waiting to swoop down with a pot of gold, so we’re going to need everyone’s help. Can you share this message with friends? Or go to Facebook and share one of the various and sundry posts? Perhaps one of our videos on puppetry, shoemaking, or murals? Or one of the pictures from our Free Culture album? (You can find all of these below too.)

We think it’s always best to share because then new folks find out about Free Columbia and our radical decommodification of culture… but if you’re dying to donate a little more as well ($13 per person would get us to the end) we think that’s great and we wouldn’t say no! Thanks so much for your help in this final push!

Video Link

Free Culture album!

 

“Encountering Our Humanity”

Extended Deadline

Invitation to Anthroposophical Artists in North America

to submit work to an open exhibition to be held in Ottawa, Canada,

on the theme of “Encountering Our Humanity,” in August 2016.

 

Digital (JPG only) images of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, multi-media and architectural work created in the last 15 years may be submitted by June 1, 2016 to the email addresses below. Final selection will be made by June 15, 2016 for works to be included in a virtual slide show that will run during the “Encountering Our Humanity” conference venue, La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa, Canada, August 7-14, 2016. From these works, a further, smaller selection of pieces will be made for actual exhibition in a gallery space (to be announced) for the same period of time. (It is hoped that this selection may provide the basis for possible future shows.)

 

Please email images (no larger than 2MB) to sylvierichard@rogers.com and to aka.vanjames@gmail.com, together with name of artist, title of work, dimensions, and cost if for sale. In addition, include a one-to-three sentence statement concerning your art: “what you are striving to achieve in your art”, or “what are your artistic questions?” A $25 fee will be required of each artist selected for the final exhibition in order to cover costs for a catalog. Shipping of actual work to and from the venue and insurance is the responsibility of the artist. Hand deliveries are possible two days before the opening. Potential purchases will be handled directly by the artists, but a 20% commission will be asked for to defray exhibition costs. (The selection of work is final.)

 

Selection of artwork will be made by Sylvie Richard and Van James, professional artists and members of the Visual Art Section of North America. Selection will be based on a wide range of styles and mediums expressive of the quality of work being done in North America today. These works will be shown together with a pre-existing and somewhat abridged exhibit of anthroposophical architecture (panels with photographs and possible models) originally shown in Europe. North American architects are invited to contribute to the broadening of this part of the exhibit.

 

For the Selection Committee,

Van James aka.vanjames@gmail.com,

Sylvie Richard sylvierichard@rogers.com

The Abduction of Sophia/ Subduing of Ahriman

The Abduction of Sophia/ Subduing of Ahriman,

Cone 6 Gas Fired Stoneware, 15” X 24” 2014

This is a piece I did a few years ago. The Title image, The Abduction of Sophia, was a recycling of some drawings I did in the 1990’s in preparation for a painting that I never started. The idea arose from reading translations of original Gnostic texts detailing some of the Gnostic myths. I opted to do a semi literal rendering since it is told in this way.  When I started to add the images to the ceramic vessel, I decided to  contrast the abduction with the subduing of Ahriman by Michael. Then I thought to contrast the images of the crucifixion of Christ and the crucifixion of the black magician, in the Americas at the time of Christ, on each side. This comes from Steiner’s lectures on the Mexican mysteries and the Knights Templar. The contrasting scriptures are as follows: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”(Psalm 23:4”, and “The wicked are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”  (Psalm 1:4). Oddly enough, I remember the second verse not from Sunday school but from an Emlyn Williams play entitled  Night must Fall. 
As you can see, the colors did not quite come out as bright as in the work in progress. There was too much reduction in the gas kiln and it bled the oxides in the slips and stains. Sometimes I will fire again in oxidation with more color, but I decided to leave it as it is. It is a dark piece. For better or worse, I will let it speak for itself without explaining too much.

 

“Encountering Our Humanity”, An Invitation to Artists in North America working out of Anthroposophy

Invitation

David Adams recently sent out an invitation to  “Visual Artists Inspired by Anthroposophy”. For artists working out of Anthroposophy, please open and read the attached 2-page Invitation to submit work to an open exhibition to be held in Ottawa, Canada, on the theme of “Encountering Our Humanity,” in August 2016: Final Invitation to Anthroposophical Artists in North America

Architect Douglas Cardinal

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I came across images of Architect Douglas Cardinal’s  work today for the first time and was struck by its beauty and elegance. I gathered from what I  read, that he was strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner. Here are a few links to articles and his web site:  Architect Douglas Cardinal

albertaviews.ab.ca/2013/11/06/the-organic-architect

thestar.com/news/stardispatches/2014/05/09

Personal Disclaimer

I am not currently in the Anthroposophical Society and this site does not necessarily  represent the Society’s perspective. When I was a part of the first class, however, I took the admonition to represent Anthroposophy in the world seriously and I still do. I apologize for any flaws in this site but whatever flaws there are (aside from what is inherently flawed in the realm of computers and digital communication), they are mine. It is intended as one inroad from outside and for that reason, and other reasons as well, it may be helpful to lead others to Anthroposophy or Anthroposophical initiatives of both larger groups and individuals. By Anthroposophy and Anthroposophical I mean: that which flows from and through Spiritual Science and the being Anthroposophia . I don’t presume that what I am doing with this site and my own artistic practice is purely Anthroposophical, nor that it is necessarily acceptable to others involved with Anthroposophy.

I see the experience of hopelessness, terror, and despair as a common experience of our times. Finding Anthroposophy in my quest for truth and wholeness in the midst of a tumultuous life has been a Godsend. Our lives can seem incredibly complex and fragmented. I am trying to do something in my small way towards expanding the circle of wholeness, specifically in the Arts, which I have accepted as my calling.

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Reuniting of Sun and Earth/ Marriage of Earth and Sky Done by myself in the 1990’s, edited from a photograph salvaged from contents of my flooded van in 2009. The original was sent to Maria St. Goar in expression of my gratitude to her.