Icon, Iconic Art And Iconography Revisited

Lets’ change the perspective of Art and Iconography.


We will look at two different ways of seeing:  Look/See.  One view going within and the other viewing outwards.




 This may be a matrix of the self… We look into ourselves to discover our being and we look outside of ourselves to see our being as a growing creative person learning from the world.  You may consider this the subjective/objective viewpoint in creativity and I would encourage this thinking.  Art is considered a religous experience, should we also consider religion an Art experience.  Perhaps we could, not being a lawyer would I qualify a sound arguement.  Lets’ take a look.


Creativity as an interior experience is considered the epitome of the subjective/objective view or perspective.  This is a transference of thought the pure joy becomes a child-like experience.  Children unabashed in their perceptions provide us with the honest gut reactions of what they see.  We used to hear in Art School the visceral this and the visceral: the visceral observation/experience which is in part a “gut” reaction.  Controling the visceral reaction response builds an interior/exterior language of understanding art in our personal interior world and the exterior communicative dialogue with the world and people in the world.  Religion has these same aspects the object of study varies in accordance with the aspect of Religion/Religions we are studying.  Transference of knowledge then is not anthropomorphism but a self regulatory conscious, or conscious system of thought.  Self Critique.  You may consider this as the state of:  “Being” and “Being besides oneself.”  We continually; create, critque, view/observe/analyze intially and repeat the cycle to improve our selves or readjust the image we are working on to its best finished statement.  When we watch our thinking and response to viewing art we essentially do the same thing.  I will be working this idea on primordialpassages and plan to continue this concept or conception of creativity.

Let’s look at a quote:

“Man does not acquire rights through occupation of larger space, nor through  external conduct, but his rights extend only so far as he is real, and his reality is measured by the scope of his consciousness.”  “Sadhana” ‘The Realisation of Life’,  1916,Rabindranath Tagore earlier in his book he is speaking about our attachement to the material of the world, our desires of distracting pleasures, the inability to remain magnanimous and the sense of pureness in simplicity.  Another quote from the same title,  begin quote:  “Then it is that in our self-expression we try to startle and not to attract; in art we strive for originality and lose sight of truth which is old and yet ever new; in literature we miss the complete view of man which is simple and yet great, but he appears as a psychological problem or the embodiment of a passion that is intense because abnormal and because exhibitedd in the glare of a fiercely emphatic light which is artifical.  When man’s consciouseness is restricted only to the immediate vincinity of his human self, the deeper roots of his nature do not find their permanent soil his spirit is ever on the brink of starvation, and in place of healthful strength he substitutes rounds of stimulation.  Then it is that man misses his inner perspective and measures his greatness by its bulk and not by its vital link with the inifinate, judges his activity by its movement and not by the repose of perfection — the repose which is in the starry heavens, in the ever-flowing rhythmic dance of creation.”  end quote  Rabindranath Tagore.

                    Yesterday’s post speaks of Iconongraphy and Iconic Art, as that which has symbols of ideals attached to colors and basic shapes to name a few, it is this dialogue of inner and outer language that occurs in experiencing art that Icons have inherent in them as an ideal concept which grows by looking into itself and looking outwards of itself towards the world.  We build upon letters to for words to form sentances to create concepts upon which our personality builds its experiences to create the whole individual at the now moment.  However, every now moment, “the right now moment” is past we evaluate because we are living in time every concept is past, and the future is built upon the layers of parallel thoughts.  Contemplating the last few days posts we have creativity as a thinking and adjusting ourselves to our action responses in discovering the image of our observed subject.

This is all for now,  Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will return as we can learn more together sometimes than alone.  Hope you and  all your close ones are well and joyfilled.  Aloha  greg

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