Typically when I start talking to folks about 3rd, 4th, or 5th Orders of Consciousness, well, there isn't much of a shared conversation going on. The one curator that I thought I would begin working more closely with is now off in the Berkshires. One artist friend who has received a lot of attention lately ( ulaeinstein.com ), we talk the other's ear off about this stuff. But what I would like to help cultivate is a broader conversation about Spirit in Art. And, what we think that looks like.
A few years ago I discovered that I had a favorite. James Johnson Sweeney was an American curator and director. He left his mark at MOMA, Guggenheim, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. This man is responsible for cleaning out the cluttered decor of museums, and bringing in the clean white spaces we know so commonly today. Sweeney broaden the scope of the Guggenheim by introducing younger European and American artists. Sweeney was also influenced by Eastern Philosophy, and Spirituality. I am flying through his rich story. He understood that the role art played in culture was much more than inserting, considering, or creating ideas. He understood that works by the likes of Burri, Chillida, Duchamp—were going metaphysically, where we had not been. Sweeney was a part of a big leap forward, yet there is always further to go.
Where haven't we metaphysically been these days? Well, consider this... spirit is an evolving concept, just as we are an evolving species, among evolving species, among an evolving universe. I understand consciousness and spirit to be one in the same. The great unknown, that thing or place that we can't touch but we know it exists. So, consciousness evolves. I'd like to see a concentrated dialogue come about. On and off for the past year I've been researching and planning a creative event for such a dialogue to occur. Along the way a little company never hurts.
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